NoMAworkshop-Mobile architecture

The 1st workshop for mobile architecture entitled, “Urban Generators Mobile Units of Culture”, was organized in Pafos  8-19 September, at the initiative of architects Chryso Onisiforou [xo] and Charis Petrou, under the main sponsorship of the Ministry of Education and Culture of Cyprus-Cultural Services and the Kind Sponsorship and Support of Pafos Municipality and the Cyprus Architects Association.

OUR MAIN INTEREST…
THE ALLURE AND THE UNIQUE FEATURES OF TRANSPORTABLE, MOBILE, AND EPHEMERAL ARCHITECTURE: FLEXIBILITY, TEMPORALITY AND PRACTICALITY.
OUR GOAL…
TO EXPLORE THE POSSIBILITIES OF PORTABLE, DEMOUNTABLE AND MOVABLE STRUCTURES IN RELATION TO THE PUBLIC SPACE, THROUGH ARCHITECTURAL WORKSHOPS.

UG-MUC was an intensive architectural workshop that took place in the period from 8 to 19 September 2014, in the city of Pafos CY and is aimed at young people under 35 from all over Cyprus and abroad. Young architects and engineers as well as different disciplines such as, landscape architects, artists, designers, students of architecture and in general people who are interested in architecture, cities and urban planning, are encouraged to apply.

The aim was to experiment with the concept of ephemeral, portable and mobile architecture in relation to the urban environment and public space activation, as well as how such a soft architecture, with its’ flexible structure, could coexist with the built environment utilizing available sources. The workshop focused on producing a series of design proposals for ‘mobile generators’ and finally aimed on the design finalization and construction of at least one mobile unit (prototype). The purpose of the mobile units is to be used in various cultural activities for both Pafos and beyond.

Activities
During the workshop a series of open lectures, discussions with distinguished guests such as Dr. Barbara Imhof /
Dr. Socratis Stratis / Charis Christodoulou / Marianna Constanti / Andreas Vardas / Dimitris Antoniou / Georgios Yiannikos / Michael Hadjistyllis, visits to the city, as well as spontaneous events with the aim to enrich and strengthen the overall attempt.

 

 Let us embrace ‘Adaptive Re-use’
Workshop Venue Othellos/Attikon (old cinema):

The building was initially used as a warehouse and later on as a cinema, firstly asAttikon and afterwards as Othellos.  For the past five years or so the building has remained closed and abandoned! Fortunately, within the last year several ‘ephemeral’ attempts/events occurred, such as exhibition set-ups and musical/theatre performances, giving “life” once again to the ‘forgotten’ building.

In the process of exploring the possibilities of the workshop’s theme, we wanted to stress the importance of re‐using valuable and unused buildings. As a result we chose to use the old cinema as our main venue, giving it, even temporally, “life” once again. As a result, we aim to uncover a piece of its memory and its important contribution through time, while allowing the ‘envisioning’ of a multitude of possibilities that could occur with its revitalization and re-construction!

FINAL PRESENTATION – PROPOSALS

The final exhibition took place on the 19.09 at the old cinema Othellos/Attikon in Pafos.

More info at Facebook Page – NoMAworkshop and official website NoMAworkshop

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CY-ARCH

Woven Spaces – Architecture & Weaving | ΧΩΡΟΠΛΕΚΤΙΚΗ

Year: 2014
Location: Arsos village, Limassol, Cyprus
Activity : Workshop-Festival
Type: Public Interaction – educational – experimental
In collaboration with Charis Petrou and Maria Efthymiou [Creative Photo Room]

xarkis

On the 15th-17th of August, in the mountainous village of Arsos, Charis Petrou, Maria Efthymiou [Creative Photo Room] and Chryso Onisiforou participated in a new co-design and socio-material assembly that goes by the name of Xarkis.

Our team participate in the festival with a workshop called ‘Woven Spaces-Architecture and Weaving’. Our proposal involved experimenting and constructing with Καλάμι ( Phragmites australis) in a one day workshop and in collaboration with a basket weaver, Mrs. Chrystalla from the famous ‘weaving village’ of Mesogi in Paphos, aiming to re-interpet meanings and potential applications of the material.

 

Kalamia (καλάμια) as a weaving material, particularly for baskets, roofs, and fences, were quite popular in Cyprus. The village of Mesogi was famous for its’ crafts. Unfortunately, the art-craft of weaving is on a decline and close to extinction. For this precise reason and through this festival we wanted to re-introduce the material and this art, so popular once. Mrs. Chrystalla was introducing the participants into basic techniques of basket weaving and the so called Καλαμωτή, a particular way of tiding the kalamia together to create panels that could be used as fences, separation walls and more. Parallel to that, in groups of two, we guided people through basic techniques of weaving using limnia, (cutting the stick of kalami in smaller pieces) in-order to create panels of different motifs and in general to experiment with the potential of the material.

all images courtesy of Creative Photo Room 

In general, this workshop acted as an introduction to getting to know kalami as a material, how you collect it, how you clean it, cut it and try it and how to work with it, showing its possible uses and functions. On a second stage we would like to experiment with larger structures so please stay tuned for further announcements.

 all images courtesy of Creative Photo Room 

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Xarkis Festival 2014: A Documentary

About Xarkis (Short video) 

Xarkis Festival: 2014 Highlights