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  • 1. ARCHITECT-URBAN DESIGNERmarch ud(merit), dip.arch(honors)louisa.varelidi@gmail.com
  • 2. Address: 17 Prospect Road, CONTACT DETAILSNW2 2JT , London, United KingdomE-mail: louisa.varelidi@gmail.comphone: 07407389629personal website:http://cargocollective.com/louisavarelidi Curative Parasite I thesis project I MArch Urban Design I 2011 INDEX Housing complex at Perama I thesis project I Dip.Arch I 2009 Steets of Water_streams within the urban space I 2008 Un_Folding spaces I 2007 Professional work and Competitions
  • 3. CURATIVE PARASITE(Thesis project_MArch Urban Design)Given the current situation in Fener, with its complex social network,the historical timber building stock and the strong opposition of theinhabitants to the upcoming gentrification plans, we propose analternative of how the city can sustain itself through a progressionof events and processing activities.We experiment with the reuse of left-over space and materialthrough the setting up of an enabling infrastructure that is slowlytaken over by local inhabitants and turned into self-managed spac-es; those spaces will gradually become productive, following a par-ticipative process with minimum cost. Elements that are consideredas trash or debris can make up the raw material for the inhabitantsto reconstruct their own identical space. Adopting a DIY attitude,curating the built environment and involving the people, will gradu-ally result in adding a new layer of interventions to the area in theform of a temporal parasitic condition, which will find its own way toevolve through time.This project is about decisions and empowerment. It is an attemptto explore alternative ways of handling urban design by redefin-ing the role of the designer and making him a tool to prepare theground for a grassroots revival of a neighborhood that is currently atthe edge of gentrification.
  • 4. DIY constructions and manualSection showing future condition of the neighbourhood
  • 5. documentation of thr local inhabitants
  • 6. Section showing interventions and space inbetween timeline_diagram of the dvelopment proccess
  • 7. model of one housing block
  • 8. STRATEGIC PLAN _2011-2014In opposition to UNESCO’S fragmented proposal, this project adopts a different vision about how our interventions can function in the area. Webelieve that the best way is to create cores which will radiate and expand over time. A four to five year plan is a good amount of time to test theproject. The proccess starts by establishing two cores at the site which can evolve through time.After this experimental period, providing the project turns out to be successful and beneficial for the site and the local people, it can also “radiate” toother areas of Istanbul which share resembling characteristics to Fener- Balat. Tarlabasi, Sultanahmed and Zeyrek are also poor areas with a strongsocial network and a remarkable historic built stock which is under decline. There the project will function in a similar way also adjusting to the spe-cific special conditions of each site.
  • 9. HOUSING COMPLEX AT PERAMA, ATHENS(Thesis project, Dip. Arch)The project concerns the development of an urban housing complex on a disused industrial site near a slum neighbourhood.The area is today characterized by unregulated and arbitrary constructions and poor living quality, but transcends a uniquefeeling of variety in facades, materials, colours and outdoor spaces. The main goal is to design a new urban environmentcontaining both private housing and public uses, incorporating the distinctive identity of the surrounding neighbourhoodand the industrial character of the wider area, so that it functions as an extension of the existing settlement and not as an“intrusion” in an already established urban landscape.Design_The system of dwellings is organized along a number of horizontal axes defining two types of movement-routes:A. linear access routes for fast pedestrian movement, that serve as service roads as well (“hard” limit of housing rows);B. fluid routes with an extrovert and social character that takes different shapes among the front gardens of the dwellings,creating a chain of semi-public open spaces with a neighbourhood feeling (“soft” limit of housing rows).A dual quality of urban environment is created providing two different definitions of urban outdoor space. Along the linearroute, the houses are “closed in” by tall walls with small openings giving a strict definition of private space. Along the fluid,extrovert route the dwellings open up to the public or semi-public spaces in front of them, achieving a fusion of the privateand public space through large openings and low fences in their front gardens. Every block of residences functions as asmall-scale neighbourhood where every inhabitant can communicate and interact with both their neighbours and thepassers-by.
  • 10. layers of intervention
  • 11. landscape in proccess
  • 12. Visuals and model of the proposal walking through the housing blocks
  • 13. typical block of houses_layout
  • 14. housing typologies
  • 15. STREETS OF WATER_streams within the urban spaceCan the river network of a city become the springboard for a new approach to city’s architecture andurban topography?Choosing as a theme of the project the regeneration of the banks of one of the most ancientstreams of Patras -Milichos-, the design faced the challenge to answer the above question anddefine the regeneration process so that it reflects the uniqueness of the natural landscape but alsorespond to the needs of a contemporary city.Streams are defined as dynamic, impetuous, and highly changeable over time natural elements.Interpreting the given site as a transmuting landscape, our design team proposed the constructionof a linear park along the river-bed containing transient, changeable uses and flexible activities.A flowing “labyrinth” of uses and events is composed: sites with periodical exhibitions, outdoormarkets, leisure activities, multi-use buildings, installations, playgrounds, open-air theatre and acentral square which changes its form and use accordingly to the volume and flow of the water ofthe stream.Another characteristic of Milichos is that it divides an urban area into two parts and the result of thecoexistence between the urban system and the stream is a number of passages the residences havecreated in order to cross the stream. Using those passages as a starting point for the design of themain pedestrian pathways we tried to integrate existing movement axes into the new environmentso that the identity of the site is directly tied to both the past and the every day life of the neighbor-hood.
  • 16. UN_FOLDING SPACESlibrary+archive buildingA city library should act as a knowledge tank which isconstantly evolving. Trying to express through design theflowing character of information and the constant interac-tion between past and present knowledge and the meansfor making it available to the public, the basic idea wasborn: a continuous flexible element, unfolding like a ribbonwhich creates fluid spaces and connects the buildings of Li-brary (the contemporary documents and media resources)and Archives (history and tradition).A pliable ribbon undulates from side to side as it climbsfrom the street level folding into floors to enfold/createthe library building, then folding into walls to create theArchive building and finally folding into steps and smallplatforms to create the exterior public space. Moreover theribbon penetrates the two buildings creating some of thefixed interior elements.
  • 17. PROFESSIONAL WORKNew Productive Landscape for Cronton Colliery_Competition_2012Participation in the design of the competition “New Visitor Destination & PublicOpen Space at Cronton Colliery” while working as an external architect atBoyarsky Murphy Architects.The proposal seeks to breathe new life into the former Colliery by establishinga balance between preserving and enhancing the existing natural and ecologi-cal processes of the site and the introduction of a new social and productivelandscape. The proposal can be self-sustaining financially, it also aims to be self-sustaining socially through the establishment of allotments and an open marketarea, the Mercato, that will encourage local economies and more active regularpursuits for visitors and locals. Private stakeholders can invest in buildings thatcan be operated commercially as offices, workshops or studios. There are alsofacilities for a boutique hotel and restaurant.ASPIS PROJECT: Auditing the Sustainability of Public Spaces_2009-10link: http://www.aspis-learn.eu/intro.htmlWorked on reviewing best practice of sustainable urban planning in Europe and conducting research to identify sustainabilitycriteria of urban open spaces. The project aims to stimulate dialogue between urban citizens and professional architects and planners, with afocus on the sustainability of public open spaces. To achieve this aim, innovative IT tools and methods are used, including games-basedlearning, web 2.0, podcasts, interactive forum, online discussion groups etc; at the same time networking among different “actors” in the cityis fostered. The project also aims to encourage critical thinking and the development of negotiation strategies through role playing and interactive communication, preparing both citizens and professionals for active public participation in urban planning.

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