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Alexandra Tiligadi

2018/19 Patras

Alexandra lives her life creating or else architecting, poeting and collaging. Although her education in Architecture (MA, University of Patras), Sustainable Energy planning (Certificate of Specialization, University of Athens) and Construction project management (MSc, Open Hellenic University) enable her to engage in various architectural and landscape projects in Austria and Greece, she decided it is time to return to her roots (Patras, the city of rain) and is determined to create cultural change there. Her peers call her “the creative telescope“  but she defines herself as a “big picture thinker” who gives attention to detail and people stories.

As a Fellow in the 2018 START Program and a collaborator with Quartier in Bremen (Germany), Alexandra captured all the project management tools and placemaking practices in the sociocultural field and is ready applying them to her cause. She strongly believes that architecture is an art practice intended to serve people in their everyday life. This is why she chose a participatory planning project as her starting point. Greek collective contemporary heritage, this is her vision. Let’s be #commoners!

Project Progress Phase II Phase I

Phase II

Project implementation in Greece

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Dec - May

Project Title

Urban commons

Why are there so many empty or abandoned public spaces [urban gaps] in a city? How can people transform these public areas into places that they mark as their place? [urban commons]

Based on the belief that everyone has the right to participate in and influence the design and planning processes that affect them, the “Urban Commons” project is dedicated to engaging and enabling people in shaping their everyday environments and local communities. We research, test and develop socially just and playful placemaking methods and design tools, as well as urban games suitable for empowering local neighborhoods, while promoting the integration of participatory planning into urban pedagogy and social policy.

Let's open the design process to everyone and redefine the philosophy of neighborhood.

Let’s be #commoners!

Phase I

Capacity building in Germany

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Sep - Nov

Project Title

schnacken und anpacken | deine Meinung über Kattenturm zählt

The project aims to work on the connection between the commoners and the public urban spaces through a participatory planning program.

The lack of human presence in public spaces is due to lack of specific activities, facilities as well as planting system. Long story short, the public spaces are gradually and constantly underestimated into a vast with inhuman scale, proportions and textures. The main goal is to give people a say in the development decisions that may affect them and to ensure that development interventions are aligned with needs and preferences of the population.

The project is called “commoners code the city”, showing an alternative approach of the designing procedure itself. It promotes the all-together configuration along with narration of the history of the space as well as setting a start for the re-establishment of the city’s identity from city-passage to city-landmark.This approach intends to intensify the social novelty for the urban development of the city by encouraging citizens to participate in all stages of concept implementation thus perceiving the public space through a different, more intimate spectrum. It will be organized as an “urban game” in consecutives phase and be designed through an
interactive platform (digital and physical).

Host Institution


In close collaboration with artists and culture makers, QUARTIER gGmbH creates cultural education projects that are especially focused on the living situation of our fellow citizens in their respective neighborhoods. Children, young people and adults with a variety of social and cultural backgrounds produce art and culture together. The results of this collaboration are presented in theater productions, exhibitions, performance and (even) fashion shows.

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