Kifisos and the city: emerging interlocking fields

This project investigates the Kifisos river through an urban and ecological analysis and proposes measures for restoring the river, creating public space, and enhancing the cultural infrastructure along the two banks. The overall strategy posits the Kifisos river as a new cultural and ecological spine in the city, which mediates its infrastructural functions with its civic and environmental roles. An overall strategy is formed which addresses the ecological continuity of the river, flood mitigation, reconnection of the two banks, and construction of new buildings along the edges. In particular, new navigational and athletic paths are proposed along the restored river as well as sequences of public instances that respond to specific physical, infrastructural, and urban conditions. Smaller-scale proposals include a series of land formation strategies that respond to environmental and infrastructural situations. Last, four new institutional buildings are weaved at the edge of the river, on the basis of which public spaces are redesigned, thus redefining the relationship between urban and ground-topography, water, and vegetation.

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NYC Urbanism

Reconciling the typical Manhattan Grid & the Tower in Park typology: New socio-spatial and programmatic possibilities for a living community at NYC’s former industrial edge.

The proposal envisions a new collective urban housing typology in order to reconstruct NYC on both programmatic and social level, which more adequately synthesizes the scales and the lifestyles between the two dominant urbanism typologies: the typical Manhattan grid and the Towers in Park typology.
The proposal consists of three systems weaved together: the rescaled courtyard block that explores the synthesis between infrastructures and basic housing typologies, the public artifacts that provide civic amenities and multiple housing options and the connective landscape in-between that weaves the two former systems together as well as with the city nearby.
The new spatial arrangements accommodate varied domesticity options for multi-family while the new programmatic amenities and the connective landscapes set the base for a new vibrant, healthy and inclusive place at the city’s edge.
Live, work & enjoy nature: The plug-in balcony system tackles the conventional homogenous and monofunctional office-space design by envisioning shared-space plug-in modules to celebrate life, work, and nature. Thus, employees are motivated and encouraged to work effectively, healthy, creatively.