Kypseli

Athens, Greece

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Fokionos Negri street is in the neighbourhood of Kypseli. It is a long pedestrianised street, which hosts Kypseli Square and connects people with the city centre. The street and square provide one of the few open and green spaces amongst the mixed use, dense neighbourhood and busy streets.

Today, the street is not what it used to be. While it remains closed to cars, the quality of the street environment has deteriorated, and it is no longer sufficient for the number of apartment dwellers and dogs which live in the area. Alongside this, the wider neighbourhood lacks pedestrian corridors and greenspace - placing increased pressures on this area.

The rise in Kypseli’s population presents an opportunity to revitalise the street and use it as an anchor to drive further upgrades to the other streets of the surrounding neighbourhood streets. Within this competition, students are asked to redesign Fokionos Negri street as a commercial, creative space, which provides a place for people to rest and enjoy Kypseli. Students should also identify key surrounding streets that could be regenerated and retrofitted as key pedestrian and cyclist corridors to connect to Fokionos Negro Street, and as a means to deliver smaller ‘pocket’ parks.


Students should consider how upgrades cannot only deliver improved quality of life for residents, but also how the main streets, and supporting corridors can be used to progress climate goals. How can the design of the streets reduce the cities greenhouse gas profile, and increase resident’s resilience to a changing climate?


Restoring ecosystems in a way that helps reduce flood risk, the effects of urban heat islands, and sequester carbon will be key. The river which currently runs beneath Fokionos Negri Street could have a strong role to play in achieving this.



Approx. site area

The Fokionos Negri Street and Kypseli Square together are about 3 hectares, however, students may also consider surrounding streets.


Demographics

Kypseli is a very diverse neighborhood, which includes old Athenians, students, artists, creatives, NGOs, innovative entrepreneurs, immigrants, solidarity networks and many community organizations.


Priority areas & main City expectations

Fokionos Negri and Kypseli Square, along with the surrounding streetscapes should be, a unified, car-free landscape that transports people into the city in a low emissions way and through maximizing nature Water should be considered as a key resource. Human interaction with natural ecosystems and well designed public spaces can not only improve quality of life, but also enhance climate resilience, commercial activity and security, and also social cohesion.


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Teams registration deadline: May 13th 2021 at 5 pm UTC

Final project submission deadline: June 18th 2021 at 5 pm UTC


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