Re-designing the cityscape from the forest to the seafront: Tritis Septemvriou Street Thessaloniki, Greece
On the occasion of the 10th anniversary for the establishment of the first academic program in Landscape Architecture in Greece (2003-2013), the Post-Graduate Program in Landscape Architecture at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki announces an international student design competition, on the subject of the re-synthesis of the cityscape of Thessaloniki’s Tritis Septemvriou Street.
The Program in Landscape Architecture is offered by the School of Architecture, Faculty of Engineering, and the School of Agriculture, Faculty of Agriculture, Forestry and Natural Envi-ronment of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, administrated by the former.
The competition is under the auspices of the Ministry of Environment, Energy and Climate Change and the City Council of Thessaloniki.
It aims at promoting landscape architecture projects within the context of a socio-ecological and perceptual approach, for regeneration, sustainability and upgrading of the urban environ-ment.
The theme refers to a physical corridor, running from the slopes of Kedrinos Lofos to the seafront of Thermaikos Gulf, along with the adjacent urban sites or grounds of significant im-portance, but fragmentarily attached to it: Waterfront Park and Promenade, City Hall, Archaeo-logical Museum, Museum of Byzantine Culture, International Fair, Military Headquarters, Early-Christian archaeological findings, two University Campuses, Underground station, Sports Museum, sport fields, the Hortatzidon stream, and Kedrinos Lofos.
Students are asked to develop planning ideas and innovative design proposals in order to reform the landscape image, upgrade the environmental qualities and values, enhance the unique landscape identity and promote sustainability. The final goal is to transform the existing urban landscape into a viable space for inhabitants and visitors, by taking into consideration the site’s potential for: re-establishment of the lost continuity by eliminating space fragmentation, public life and perception, ecological upgrade, and implementation of sustainable environmental practices.