The summer architectural design workshop in the Municipality of Almopia was successfully completed. After an open invitation of the municipality, fourteen students of architectural faculties from the participating countries were hosted for seven days in Almopia in the framework of the Action 5.1 “Art Activities for the Crossroads of History and Nature” of the project “Living history, Living nature II”. The aim of this action was to study and propose ways to revitalize selected sites with small-scale interventions, under the guidance of two profession architects with teaching experience, Mr. Dimitar Papasterevski and Mr.Nikos Tsimas.
The workshop led to 14 distinct architectural proposals. Some of them are:
-a sleepover tree house in the Loutra canyon near the waterfall Kounoupista,
-a new tiling pavement and an outdoor seating area in the courtyard of the Church of the Ascension in Theodoraki
-a meditation space at the Holy Monastery of Archangel Michael
-new outdoor pools in Loutraki Thermal Spa
-an information space in Aetochori and roadside signage leading to Holy Monastery of Saint Dimitrios,
-an observatory on the path to the caves at the Loutra canyon,
-an outdoor configuration at the Museum of Natural History, which revives the old use of the railroad,
– an observatory for the bridge in Aloro that can be used as a starting point for canoeing – kayaking
– an information stand for the Byzantine Chrysi Castle.
The architectural design workshop aimed at spatial studying of selected sites of cultural and natural significance of Almopia, leading to small-scale design proposals inspired by the character of the sites. The workshop was an attempt to connect architecture to the local heritage of Almopia. The results are hosted at the Natural History Museum.
The final day an open to the public exhibition was held. The proposals were presented to citizens of Almopia and the Greek Minister of Tourism Mrs. Elena Kountoura and Greek Minister of Industry Mrs. Theodora Tzakri. The Greek Ministers were introduced to the project “Lhi-Lna” and “Lhi-Lna II”, that aim at the touristic development of Almopia and Novaci, with innovative means, involving contemporary Art and Architecture.
The project «Living History, Living Nature II» is implemented under the European Territorial Cooperation Program “Greece – the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia 2007-2013″ and co-financed by the European Union and national resources of the participating countries.