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Function|Landscape Development of the Former Lignite Mining Areas Location|Ptolemaida, West Macedonia, Greece Type|Architecture Competition Client|Public Power Corporation S.A. Size|Plot Area: 1,887,000.00 sqm - Build Area: 2,000.00 sqm Stage|Concept & Schematic Architects|Alexandros Kitriniaris, Verina Myroforidou Team|Athina Aggelopoulou, Aliki Iovita, Dimitris Zampopoulos Landscape Consultant|Angeliki Paraskevopoulou Geotechnical Consultant|George Stamatis
Shortlist|Architecture Competition
Domes Architecture Yearbook|Greece, September 2017
Hospitality Expo|State Fair Grounds, Nicosia, Cyprus, January 2020 Xenia Expo|Metropolitan Expo, Athens, Greece, November 2018 Medwood Expo|Metropolitan Expo, Athens, Greece, April 2018 Steam Power Station|Piraeus, Greece, May 2017 Historical Museum of Ptolemaida|Ptolemaida, Greece, December 2016


The main design principles used to recover the dynamic of the area of the former lignite mining areas in the municipality of Ptolemaida are as follows:

- Firstly, we are trying to activate the hybrid relationship between nature and culture, allowing the reconnection of the former lignite mining sites with the existing settlements.

- Secondly, we use collective memory as a signification mechanism, in order to give meaning to the landscape.

- Thirdly, our design proposal rests on principles of sustainability.

- Fourthly, we are aiming to programme the landscape as an open operational and functional field.


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To this end, we propose four thematic sections, which constitute the fusion of the existing culturally shaped landscape with modern technological developments, in an effort to interconnect the landscape infrastructure with new, ecologically evolving platforms of emerging activities.


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The aforementioned thematic sections are as follows:

- Electricity Park

- Routes by the stream and in nature

- Energy Research Laboratories

- Athletic Park


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More specifically we are constituting planting as a structural composite tool which has structural validity equivalent to the proposed constructions. Natural materials and construction choices are used both as a means of signalling the principal routes and as a means of character readability of spatial entities. Lighting is also an important field of study. We suggest a balloon energy network, which converts solar radiation and kinetic wind energy into electricity, with an aim to visualize an interconnected ecological network up to year 2050.


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