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Eleftheria Gavriilidou

2016/17 Thessaloniki

Eleftheria Gavriilidou is an Architect and Landscape Architect; she graduated from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (2015) as a fellow of the State Scholar- ships Foundation in the field of urban infrastructure and environment. She has researched and practiced in the concept of community aided design and participatory processes in the regeneration of public space, as a trans- formative force in the age of socio-economic uncertainty. Since 2014 she has run the project Kipos 3: City as a Resource, and so has been designing, creating and man- aging the first urban community garden in the Municipal- ity of Thessaloniki. Lately, she has become a contributor to Thessaloniki 100 Resilient Cities, pioneered by the Rockefeller Foundation working team in the Metropol- itan Development Agency, Municipality of Thessaloniki. She has also worked as a freelance architect, exhibited projects in architectural and art exhibitions in Greece and Europe, and participated in various related scientific conferences, panels and urban design workshops.

Project Progress Phase II Phase I

Phase II

Project implementation in Greece

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Duration

Dec - May

Project Title

Kipos³ - Neighbourhood Laboratory

Kipos³: Neighbourhood Laboratory is an urban gardening project that supports community engagement and citizens’ co-ownership of the re-activation of the public space. The message is “We are our everyday landscape”, embedded in a community of practice, discussing our rights and responsibilities for the city linking together social, cultural and ecological aspects of our urban life. The initiative aims to operate as a green infrastructure with ecological and social value, as a park, a “foodscape”, a hobby, a meeting point, a stage for cultural activities, a landmark, even an “encyclopedia” of different natures in the urban environment, urging the re-activation of institutions and communities.

Kipos³: Neighbourhood Laboratory could become an exemplary urban experiment and a toolkit for more neighborhoods and local authorities to form cohesive communities. The project considers the re-activation of public spaces the trigger to an overall urban transformation.

The first garden is set at the Municipality of Thessaloniki, IV Municipal Department, Doxa’s Park between the streets: Agiou Dimitriou, Lysimachou Kaftantzoglou, Tilou & Goethe Tzovaropoulou, and it is run by the stewardship of the surrounding neighborhood.

Kipos³ - Neighbourhood Laboratory
Kipos³ - Neighbourhood Laboratory
Kipos³ - Neighbourhood Laboratory
Kipos³ - Neighbourhood Laboratory

Phase I

Capacity building in Germany

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Duration

Sep - Nov

Project Title

A Diverse Landscape: Where People Live

For “A Diverse Landscape: Where People Live” I participated in several initiatives in Berlin in autumn 2016. These included: research on recent bibliography on urban theory and critique, as well as studies around the transformations of the city of Berlin during the last decade; research on the Berlin 2030 Strat- egy as related to public space and citizens’ engagement in participatory processes; attendance of related exhibitions and panels; and in-situ visits and interviews with the managers of 4 of the most well-known urban gardens in the city (Prinzessin- nengarten, himmelbeet, Allmende-Kontor/Tempelhofer Freiheit, Die Gärtnerei). It also involved the design and implementation of 3 workshops to engage multicultural communities, involving 30 children and around 60 recent refugees.

The project was presented in an indoors, pop-up garden installation on November 11th, 2016 at bi‘bak. Finally, “A Diverse Landscape: Where People Live” has led to the production of a booklet that documents and interprets this process.

Host Institution

bi'bak

bi’bak („Have a look!“ in Turkish)

bi’bak e.V. is a non-profit association for contemporary art and community-based projects and runs an independent project space in Berlin-Wedding.

bi’bak engages with a variety of sociopolitical issues such as migration, discourses on mobility, the construction of identities, consumerism, labor questions, and cultural memory. Interdisciplinary projects offer alternative perspectives and initiate new discourses on pressing debates that all too often seem unsolvable and intransigent.

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A Diverse Landscape: Where People Live
A Diverse Landscape: Where People Live