Architecture, diploma, thesis, nature, recreation

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Diploma Thesis Project

Location: Yermasoyia's Dam, Limassol, Cyprus
Thesis Committee: 
Andreas Savvides, Assistant Professor- primary supervisor
Emilios Michael, Lecturer- second committee member
Anna Papadopoulou, Special Scientist third committee member

Year: Academic Year 2015-2016

The consideration: The trigger for the study, was the problem a group of people is facing in Yermasoyia Dam, Limassol. Athletes of rowing and canoe-kayak, are training without proper facilities. There are only some containers used as storage equipment. simultaneously in order to move in the difficult topography of the area, they created makeshift staircases and terraces. Recognizing the problems, the first intention was the creation of proper facilities for the sports. However, it was considered better, to examine other factors affecting the area. More specifically, its public character and nature.
Public Character: Apart from water sports, the dam hosts other activities, for example fishing. Also in a small cliff of the area exists a nature trail. In addition the peripheral road is used for walkers and cyclists for exercising, without a proper lane for that use. A notion of publicness exists in the area, however not so much, while the communities nearby are not connected with the dam in terms of use and program. So the dam, is not considered as a public space, since the study defines a public space as one having accessibility and diversity of users and uses. Something the dam has in a small amount.
Nature: Nature is an important aspect for the area, since is a part of the Natura2000 network. It is then considered that any intervention should be under an ecological context and work through the existing environment. In other words, it should be under an ecological management.
Ecology: For some years, ecology is a necessary condition in design. In an area as the dam, it is better if any intervention will work under an ecological dimension in order to respect the existing environment, either through materiality, sustainable or bioclimatic principles. The thesis issues are first, how an intervention in an area, as Yermasoyia Dam, can enrich the notion of public space and be connected with the local communities through an ecological management. Moreover, through the general intervention, the study aims to create the proper facilities for the sports of rowing and canoe-kayak.


Site Intervention diagrams