Milan 14-15 March 29-30 March 10-11 May 50 hours workshop 10 lecturers 22 students 8 teams 2014 winter edition was focused on gathering tools for a first design approach on the island. The students were asked to imagine new strategies for an out of the box design concept that could offer new economic and/or social and cultural opportunities to the local community and at the same time fit the delicate scenario of a UNESCO buffer zone. As lectures outlined the set of operations and in the meantime fueled their creativity with interdisciplinary and sometimes unconventional point of views, students effort concentrated on imagining a new set of guidelines to help unveil the cultural richness of the island. The result was a set of eight interesting design concept that touched different aspects of sustainability, heritage endorsement, mobility, natural landscape valorization and even spirituality. Three of them were selected as best proposals focusing on sustainable negative growth, crowdfunding strategies and camouflage architecture for environmental and social integration themes respectively. We assume them as MediterraNew 2014 Winter Workshop students most interesting discussion themes, recommended for further research and deeper analysis in the next workshop step: 2014 Fall Competition.
Complete list of workshop participants; architectural design competition winners in bold: Giacomo Albensi TEAM 3 Jennifer Arena TEAM 1 Anita Balgera Micol Busca Giulia Cerrato TEAM 3 Gioia Corrado TEAM 1 Giulia Filippi Cristina Fontana Beatrice Gaglio Agnese Galeano Marco Germi TEAM 3 Beatrice Mauri TEAM 4 Paola Mignogna TEAM 1 Nicolò Pierini Ludovica Rocca Nicoletta Santini Evelina Schapira Valentina Sturma TEAM 4 Georgia Tromara TEAM 4 Maria Vassileva Teodora Yordanova Edoardo Zarattoni
Hereunder: abstract and layouts of the selected design concepts
TEAM 1 - ADOPT YOUR ISLAND, AppLOAD YOUR EMOTIONS Our main goal is to preserve and raise funds to endorse the island's heritage and landscape. We believe there's no need to add intrusive infrastructures and we think that the natural landscapes and the historical memories of the island are already sufficient to provide interesting insights but somehow need to be enhanced. We thought to involve visitors and tourists alike in a simple activity to help the community of Amorgos: adopt a small piece of Amorgos paying from 1 to 5 €; for that little sum it will be possible to upload selfies or images that will link that moment to a very specific location on the island. A virtual "tag" will remain forever on the web and the people involved, for the time coming, will be informed on how the island will develop. A small and useful action very simple to accomplish.
TEAM 3 - isLAND, RESILIENT MODEL FOR A TOMORROW MEDITERRANEAN COMMUNITY Amorgos: a Resilient model for a Mediterranean community of tomorrow The Island is social. The Island is cooperation. The Island is now. The Island was established as a response to concealed needs. We feel the need to take an alternative and unexplored route, in order to improve the living conditions of Amorgian Community and enhance their own territory. This Island can represent a programmatic pentalogo model that accompanies the community in a process of growth and development: it organizes, analyses and suggests paths and methods for collective growth, community and territory planning. Island is cooperation , development and social responsibility. These five points represent the basic steps needed to achieve a comprehensive and credible result.
TEAM 4 - INVISIBLE ARCHITECTURE FOR A VIRTUAL HOTEL As in a digital screen, watching closely, the pixels do not emerge but remain pure squares, the stones of the houses of Asfontylitis work as pixels of the screen. They are creating the full image of the landscape. The stone becomes a wall, the wall becomes a small volume, the small volume becomes an urban settlement and finally the urban settlement blurs into the island's nature. It is being proposed a transparent solution through the invisible architecture of the stone.The concept gets born from the village itself which, used once and then abandoned, still maintains its original aspect. It is proposed an architectural solution that creates a close relationship between the built and the ground, where one is indistinguishable from the other, where the roof tops become paths, bridges and stairways, where terraces become cultivations, where the road becomes the unifying element. The Virtual Hotel consists in the coexistence between locals and foreigners that live in the same place and in the same way and altogether create a micro-community.