CHALKIDA

Regeneration of Athanaton Square, Chalkis -GR

2nd Prize in architectural competition, 1998

Architects: Panos Dragonas, Varvara Christopoulou
 

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There is a wide set of challenges and contradictory requirements at the broader area of Athanaton Square. The expansion of leisure activities has been devouring public space. The waterfront zone is divided by a roadway that leads to the old drawbridge, a landmark of Chalkis that should be highlighted. The Euripus tide -an important natural phenomenon- remains unnoticed in the development of public space. Moreover, the whole area has long been recognized as a site that should be excavated. Under these circumstances, any attempt of regeneration seems condemned to fail from the outset. The difficulties in the development of the project will be multiplied due to the complexity of the problems.

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A typical regeneration master plan may not be sufficient for this area. Athanaton Square demands a flexible urban scenario which can be adjusted to changing requirements in time. The main objective of this scenario should be to ensure a vibrant public space throughout the course of the excavations.

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The square is shaped in such a way that the evolution of the excavation maintains a leading role in city life and remains an important part of the urban identity. The regeneration strategy is planned in such a way as to ensure the preservation of contemporary urban life amid the ancient city fragments.

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