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LOUISA VARELIDI

LOUISA VARELIDI

London, GB

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Curative Parasite MArch Urban Design Thesis

Given the current situation in Fener (Istanbul) with its complex social network, the historical timber building stock and the strong opposition of the inhabitants to the upcoming gentrification plans, we propose an alternative of how the city can sustain itself through a progression of events and processing activities.
We experiment with the reuse of left-over space and material through the setting up of an enabling infrastructure that is slowly taken over by local inhabitants and turned into self-managed spaces; those spaces will gradually become productive, following a participative process with minimum cost. Elements that are considered as trash or debris can make up the raw material for the inhabitants to reconstruct their own
identical space. Adopting a DIY attitude, curating the built environment and involving the people, will gradually result in adding a new layer of interventions to the area in the form of a temporal parasitic condition, which will find its own way to evolve through time.
This project is about decisions and empowerment. It is an attempt to explore alternative ways of handling urban design by redefining the role of the designer and making him a tool to prepare the ground for a grassroots revival of a neighborhood that is currently at the edge of gentrification.

 
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Status: School Project
Location: Fener, Istanbul, Turkey

 
future layout of the neighbouhood
future layout of the neighbouhood
timeline of the design process
timeline of the design process
manual of DIY constructions
manual of DIY constructions
section showing interventions under construction
section showing interventions under construction
models
models
MODELS
MODELS
materiality map of fener_layers and unused spaces
materiality map of fener_layers and unused spaces
expansion shown on model
expansion shown on model
expansion experiments in other similar areas in Istanbul
expansion experiments in other similar areas in Istanbul
strategy maps_evolution through the next 5 years
strategy maps_evolution through the next 5 years

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