Emerging as new. Living as always


15MAR 2020
# TITLE: Emerging as new. Living as always
# STUDENTS: Α. Dimtsas, D. Stathoulopoulos
# SUPERVISOR: V.Tsakalidou
# DATE: 2019
# COURSE: Diploma Design Thesis
# SCHOOL / DEPARTMENT: Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Faculty of Engineering, School of Architecture

The problem: First, the lack of human relations in modern cities as a result of architecture. Second, the absence of a natural environment in the cities and the removal of people from it. Third, according to ReGen Villages Holding, B.V. by 20150, about 10 billion people will live on the earth. Water, healthy food sources and rare arable land are already at the forefront of the pressing global issues that need to be addressed.


The vision: The relationship between people, between peopleand nature and the integration of technology to achieve these.


The solution: The design of an experimental habitation model that adapts to the realistically intentional data, adapting the new technological requirements of sustainability and how they interact with the spatial structures needed to create new homes. An experimental settlement with a community structure and aiming at redefining the way of habitation of the city combined with the natural environment. Neighborhoods consisting of renewable energy, water management and resource rejection systems based on ongoing research.



Emerging as new; Living as always.


  In a general context, lifestyle in modern cities makes it hard for human relationships and the quality of everyday life. The large and dense blocks of flats, the lack and degradation of communal spaces, the absence of greenery and, on the contrary, the intense presence of the car are some of the features of the modern city.

  In addition, due to the increase in the population and the enormous extent of urban areas, we have pushed nature out of the cities and moved away from it. If we remain disconnected from our ecosystem, we can not deal with the problems of our time. Addressing climate change, less pollution and a healthy diet should now be a key part of architecture. These problems will not be solved with new technology or new products by themselves. They will be resolved with empathy. And this can become a goal of architecture. If we want to encourage people to be interested in the environment, we have to bring the environment back to the center of our interest.

  At the same time, the digital revolution leads to change in all parts of our lives, apart from the environment. Now is the time for architecture to respond to the evolution of technology. Our goal is to use technology as a tool to make the built environment more humane and healthy at the physical, mental and social level. We believe that the combination of data and design creates a powerful force to improve peoples living conditions and ultimately to create buildings and cities that are more humane, healthy, clean, safe, sustainable and environmentally beneficial. The Ego Age is over, just like the era of Star Architects. The future lies in working together and trying to connect with people outside of our profession. Individual projects are no longer thriving. Instead, they require a comprehensive, innovative approach. Innovation stems from the parties joining forces, co-creating with a view to overcoming complex issues. Solutions to tomorrows society no longer reside in the design of a unique architect or in the conference room of governments or developers. They are in the place where views from different places and unexpected voices come together.

  One such idea is the development of the ReGen villages. These self-sufficient communities will produce their own food, their own energy and recycle their own waste. The ReGen model is the creation of ReGen Villages, based in California, which works with EFFEKT, a practice in architecture in Denmark. Each ReGen community will include a variety of homes, greenhouses and public buildings with built-in sustainable features such as solar energy, communal gardens with fruit and vegetables, and common water and waste management systems. The five key principles underpinning the idea are: energy-conscious homes, high-yield organic food, mixed renewable energy and storage, water and waste recycling, empowering local communities. The first 25 prefabricated homes will be located in Almere west of the Netherlands in 2020. Waste management is a key element in the ReGen villages, which will have closed loop systems that will convert waste into energy.

One of our goals is to adapt the idea of ​​the ReGen model (ie the technologies it adapts) to the Greek data. We plan with a basic principle the need for the Mediterranean man to spend some time outside, but also to interpret the folk architecture, an architecture that aims at human relations, with buildings that respect people, the natural and the urban environment. In other words, we aim at reconciling man with fellowman and nature. The association of concepts such as locality (the particular character of a place) and visual design utopias. Something local and yet universal, trivial and experimental at the same time.