Public Talk/Presentation: Wednesday 30th of June at 18:30
Exhibition Duration: 23rd of June – 9th of July
Opening Hours: Weekdays from 9.30am to 5.30pm
Location: Metropolitan Works Gallery, 41 Commercial Road, London, E1 1LA
Every four or five years since 1974, the issue of opening the abandoned and fenced city that lies inside the Green line in Cyprus is brought forward. This sparks a recurring, yet fruitless discussion with Cypriot government and state institutions on one side and refugees, individually or collectively, on the other. The discussion is about whether the city should be returned right away in its current condition to its inhabitants or alternatively be kept fenced for some years in order to be restored.
The workshop, organised by Pavlos Fereos, Alkis Dikaios, and Kostas Grigoriadis, was based on the hypothetical event of the return of the abandoned and, for 35 years, fenced city of Famagusta to its former inhabitants. The main aim was to create a substantial amount of differentiated design proposals for the rehabilitation of the city. All the proposals derived from a parametric system set up by the participants exclusively for dealing with the urban condition of Famagusta as a whole.
The workshop ended with a presentation to the curators of each participating team: Theodore Spyropoulos (AADRL), Christos Passas (DIA), Tihamer Salij (WHY Factory) and Dimitris Papalexopoulos (NTUA), as well as a panel of invited critics: Winy Maas (MVRDV), Alfred Jacoby (DIA), Socratis Stratis (UCY), Areti Markopoulou (IAAC) and Lora Nikolaou (University of Greenwich).
No Man’s Land Project is followed by an exhibition of the architectural proposals from the workshop that will be part of the International Architecture Showcase organised by the British Council and The Architecture Foundation for the London Festival of Architecture 2010. Work will include student proposals from the Architectural Association, DIA Bauhaus, The Why Factory- Delft and the N.T.U.Athens schools of architecture.