Urban Camera Obscura | 2011 Ecoweek workshop

Our approach to ecology engages a low energy architectural design in order to activate public space for social interaction and to address the concept of environmental comfort. Comfort is defined as a binary condition of inhabitation and an adaptive behaviour between inside and outside, light and shade. We worked from the vantage point of an apartment overlooking the park, setting up a camera obscura as a device for observation, which turns an interior room into an urban room. This shift in scale constructs a real-time architectural model that enables a multi-scalar design, including the invisible scales of the social, individual and in-situ.

For the project we experimented with the notion of shade, understanding its spatial, social and perceptive qualities. Shadows are transient and dynamic architectural bodies transforming space in a multi-dimensional field ready to receive impermanent use and pop-up situations.

The park and surrounding space are visualized as a whole, an urban vessel with many layers of different micro-climatic scales: the park surface and historic city fabric, the human body, natural layers and the larger urban fabric.

Project: Urban Camera Obscura
Type: Student workshop and research project
Dates: 28 March 2011 – 3 April 2011
Location: Thessaloniki, Greece
Organiser: ECOWEEK International conference and Workshops for Architecture and design
Tutor: Eva Sopeoglou
Students: Apostolinas Apostolis, Georgiou Efstratios, Kasimati Efthimia, Kittas Theodoros, Koutselos Elli, Kyriakidis Periklis, Panagoulia Eleanna
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