Drosscape and the city : the case of Eleonas in Athens
Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Department of Architecture.
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This thesis addresses design strategies for the future development of drosscapes in urban regions and their relation with the city at large, having as an example the district of Eleonas in Athens, Greece. It provides answers to the problems of the district and understands the drosscape as a potential for the urban revitalization of the city of Athens. The design proposal is primarily concerned with the urban transformation of the drosscape, and not its ecological reclamation. To do so, the proposal focuses in multiple scales of analysis and proposals. The city of Athens experienced rapid growth during the 1950s due to its rapid urbanization and the rise of industry. These activities had their impact in the organization of the city and its development. During the post-industrial era the areas that were previously formed, have been used for other emerging economic activities, however their role and their relation with the city remain problematic until today. Having as an example the area of Eleonas, this thesis will address the role of drosscapes inside the city and propose an alternative urban strategy for their future development. Eleonas is a huge area covering approximately 2.350 acres. It is located within walking distance from the historical center of Athens, while at the same time it is the biggest undeveloped piece of land in the city. The district today is characterized by its problematic mobility infrastructure, the severe environmental pollution problems, the accumulation of incompatible land uses and its unresolved relation with the downtown of Athens. This thesis aims to recognize and strengthen the urban identities that have emerged in the area since it was an agricultural land. It is an alternative solution to the ongoing urban sprawl to the east part of Athens by bringing more inhabitants in Eleonas and designing mixed uses, urban communities. It solves the problems related to the environmental pollution of the area and creates a well-articulated mobility network which would promote public transportation. Finally, it reserves the existing road infrastructure and the buildings.
Thesis: S.M., Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Department of Architecture, 2014.Cataloged from PDF version of thesis.Includes bibliographical references (pages 136-138).
DepartmentMassachusetts Institute of Technology. Department of Architecture.
Massachusetts Institute of Technology