Assembling Narratives

Notional and tactile bridging of the artificial barrier of the here and there.

Assembling Narratives

Notional and tactile bridging of the artificial barrier of the here and there.
Prompting alternatives in geopolitical, social and environmental issues inside an unsegmented world.
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  • # Social
  • # Environment

The project premises lie in the reality of dissolving the artificial polarities between the human and the non-human, the natural and the artificial, the indigenous and the foreign, the stabilised and the nomadic.

Starting from population flows, is suggesting that living in sympathy with the human activity, and the transformations of natural and artificial elements, a new form of ever-changing territory could arise. River Evros is chosen, as a natural ever-changing element perceived to either separate or join Greece and Turkey. Flood is studied as a generator of notional and tactile connections. It is challenging the role of architecture as a mediator between matter and fact, capable of orchestrating the emergence of social and/or environmental ecologies.

Experimenting with the mycelium growth of the river and programmed drowns the artificial barrier of the here and there could be bridged, revealing a spatiotemporal continuum and prompting alternatives to the geopolitical issue.

A grid originating from a military approach of the area is deformed in multiple dimensions, depending on the water flows and the routes of the users, to function as a unifying element.

A new territory is emerging in the form of an assemblage. Every pre-existing route can not be objectively set by its own. In a way that a network of fibres is created. They function as a base where a multiplicity of spatial patterns is established inside different temporalities.

Mycelium roots is used, as an augmented natural ephemeral material, that the transformation between its phases depends on the presence of water. The material is produced in the fields of the area, while the technological system, receives data about the change of the water level and informs, together with time, the construction. In a sympathetic relationship with the water and robotic system, a constant deterritorialisation is achieved.

The narration of the transformation is constructed in a way that a movie is directed. Space is revealed as a sequence of frames where the continuity is formed perceptively. As a narrative of the transition, that transforms in a non-linear way in between multiple spatiotemporal localities connected in multiple dimensions. The axis of time, is defined by the level of the water. Subsequently, every temporality entails multiple alternative moments that osculate due to that common characteristic.

Α spatiotemporal continuum is revealed, where all kind of activity is perceived as a total, and is augmented by the ever-changing territory. Not away from a physical phenomenon, but in a sympathy with that.

The routes are not specified as an absolute spatial quality, but are formed as potential bases for the development of multiple alternative territories.

The escape towards an indeterminate land, is capable of contributing to the liberation of any kind of established limit.

Idea by

Danai Toursoglou Papalexandridou
Stratigou Makrigianni 11
Danai Toursoglou Papalexandridou received her architecture master's degree in 2016 from A.U.Th. in Greece. As part of her studies she attended ETSAM in Spain. She has participated in a variety of conferences through Europe as an organiser, participant and lecturer. She has worked as an intern architect in Thessaloniki and as a volunteer in a european organisation for educational events and has collaborated with various artistic teams as an architect, photographer and musician.

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