The following thesis project is about the reformation of “Elea” area in Veria, along with the design of building infrastructures.
The reason for the choice of this particular area was the fact that it has been cut off from the rest urban fabric. This design proposal attempts to bring into action the most important key area of the town, a boundary of the city center hat remains unexploited due to its geographical bas-relief.
It is based on the development of an important but at the same time downgraded natural area by incorporating applications that would attract every visitor’s interest. The aim of this proposal is the accession of the parking area, through an undercut construction, to the natural landscape without the loss of its “green” features. In this way a solution to a major problem of the city is recommended while the planted terrace would also be used as a recreation area. With additional inserted usages such as stores, convention centers, internet cafés, bar-restaurants and art galleries, the area would be able to keep the visitors’ interest and avoid ending up being a downgraded and dangerous park once more. The imaginary lines that are created not only by the urban fabric but also by the shape of the particular area, has constituted the basic tracings of the intervention. The shape that arises creates a folded surface which acts as an landscape infrastructure. The design is based on two main strategies: Firstly, on a maximalist style of intervention which is more aggressive, as far as urban planning is concerned, and would result in providing a boost to the area aiming to the landscape embellishment. Secondly, on a strategy of public communication nodes. The presentation consists of designs and area analysis photographs, linear designs, ground plans, elevations and sides of the reformation project, along with the supporting buildings and three-dimensional representations of the proposal. Additionally, it is accompanied by a sketch on a 1:500 scale.