The proposal was to create a series of routes through the Western Arc area and beyond in Thessalonica in Greece, intending to link the eight surrounding communities into a single municipality which can take on its own identity and provide a counter balance to the old city through its activity and identity.
The source of the proposal has been the study of the Stavroupoli district with its unenclosed city blocks and absence of public and private spaces. Ground coverage lies in the region of 50%, leaving a fragmented landscape, onto which is imposed a 110m grid of notionally cylindrical forms, capable of adaptation and responding to location or proximity. The seemingly random points of collision between these grid markers and the existing built environment of the city throws up unimaginable encounters of form and space. The function of each cylindrical form is derived from its site-specific typography and characteristics, and serves as a navigator to the city. To the east, an arc of trees cut a swathe through both city and grid in the same apparently chaotic manner, leaving more serendipitous encounters in its wake.