City Pivot

Project Description

My proposal  for a park and central axis for Thessaloniki’s city center aimed to stitch the fragmented territories of the surrounding city and frame it’s new city center. Extending the streets from the east and west edges of the site, I created a network of pathways that would transverse the different episodes of the city, and weave the existing and proposed projects. Within the territories that began to emerge from this network I sought to create thick edge, a soft scape that would respect a central clearing, a large central room in the midst of the city center. This central lawn would be surrounded by smaller vegetal rooms, where a sense of interiority could be achieved through a definition of edge and canopy. The Hebrard axis - a major pedestrian artery that traverses the city from mountains to sea - intersects and connects these urban rooms and widens and thickens to introduce programs into them.