Operative Territories, Masterclass in Landscape Architecture and Urban Design 9 -15 May 2015, Sithonia Chalkidiki, Greece
- April 24, 2015
re-designing the landscapes of tourism
an international masterclass in Landscape Architecture and Urban Design
9 -15 May 2015, Sithonia Chalkidiki, Greece
Open to students towards the end of their studies, recent graduates, and professionals, in architecture, urban design, and landscape architecture, Operative Territories is an international masterclass spanning the scales of spatial intervention from architecture, to the city, to the landscape. The masterclass operates within the challenges and opportunities facing Sithonia, in Chalkidiki, Greece, in response to contemporary forms of tourism.
Tourism, while generating economic growth and prosperity, can equally produce an ever growing gap between the particularities of places and the commodity-oriented features of ‘destinations’. Considering such a tendency jeopardises not only sustainability dynamics at a local level but equally the sustainability of tourism itself, this masterclass aims to re-establish the relationships between architecture—cultural production—and the emerging alternative forms of tourism—cultural consumption. Employing the tools of landscape architecture and urban design we shall aim towards critical as much as original ideas and design strategies promoting the development of a sustainable tourism for Sithonia.
Through a 7-day programme of group work, site visits, lectures and social events, the masterclass will bring together 50 participants who will join one of 7 units each focusing on a different territory of Sithonia. Every unit is supervised by one host and one guest tutor, pairing local knowledge with global expertise.
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Operative Territories is organised and led by Urban Transcripts, in partnership with the municipality of Sithonia and the postgraduate programme of Landscape Architecture of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki.
about Urban Transcripts
Urban Transcripts was born out of a desire to create a new tool through which to explore the city as a complex phenomenon in a participatory and cross-disciplinary way. Currently, our work encompasses research (studies on the relationship of space to urban socioeconomic phenomena), events (exhibitions, workshops, conferences), and design (architecture and urban design projects).
We aim at the production of projects which respond to the urban challenges of the future by fusing our three key sectors of activity into a unique service to the city: through research we analyse urban processes and identify strengths and weaknesses; through public participation we engage the community as a partner in the urban development process; through architecture and urban design we work towards specific solutions which, integrating both expert research and public participation, achieve long-term sustainable outcomes for the city and its citizens.