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Architecture could be the vessel of unraveling the boundaries, to convey an ethos capable of resisting to this difficult period, shaping a broad… Read More
Architecture could be the vessel of unraveling the boundaries, to convey an ethos capable of resisting to this difficult period, shaping a broader future and celebrating heterogeneity. Meeting is Architecture and architecture creates a place for meeting, becomes a message of tolerance and hope, a manner of understanding and co existing. “Vessels” is a project that aims to use an old method of moving across the land in order to shape new bonds and re awake the old links as a transparent gathering place, a microscopic building which travels at the rivers and the seas across Europe from the Aegean Sea to Danube River, from Athens to Berlin, Budapest and Vienna. A network of “Vessels” is placed in public spaces, at the banks of the rivers or at the sea and becomes a constellation of travelling places that implements a virtual map, a vast interconnected zone across the continent in a research for a humanistic, social and pedagogical ethos. This journey becomes ontological at this difficult and transitional period synonymous to the recent developments we all have experienced and this is translated in what we are today, the way we perceive our cities and their – our future. Are these people inside the “Vessels” travelers or intruders? Trapped or nomads? Immigrants who hope for the future? Are they capable of extending – communicating their spaces? Is this a manner of inhabiting? Is this a definition of space by the experience of its dis – spacement? Is this a transcultural displacement? By crossing different cities in an architectural way of acting that focuses the interest from the build expression to the landscape, environment and societies this projects addresses broader issues related to a common language, identification and placement in the contemporary world. Shaping a contact web between people, cities and countries is a necessity, a current concern that challenges our ethics and limits by using the element of water as a contact – unificative vessel and applying a ritual procedure in a symbolic dimension. The nature of the project is ephemeral, nomadic and adaptable by emphasizing to the time continuity of the places around it and becomes an urban collider, a travelling language shaped by transitions, different places and people. It is a floating urban space in micro scale, a metamorphic site in a continual game of transformations as it is capable to transform the environment around it alongside with being changed as a reflection of it in an enigmatic dialectic. In a symbolic but crucial gesture those “Vessels” are currying – collecting different waters across Europe and travel with them in this process of making a common space, a meeting place. Future is being shaped by individuals, interconnected and interacting. Cities are “Vessels”. The project is being documented through a large number of photographs and videos that could be presented alongside with the placement of a number of “Vessels” at the waters of Venice or/and in its public spaces. A number of “Vessels” travel or stand alone as microenvironments or they formulate a larger building around a public space in micro scale consisted of transparent spaces that contain water from different areas of Europe. The project so far has been implemented in various locations across the Danube River and its banks in Budapest, Hungary. At public spaces such as the parliament and at the Danube River in Vienna, Austria. Also at the banks of Spree in Berlin, Germany, around the parliament and in public spaces around the government buildings and in Greece in different locations in Athens such as Plato’s Academy or the Saronic Gulf and in mainland Greece. Read Less
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