Student Workshop 3 - Group 2

Urban Interactions - Routes, paths & pedestrian ways

Group 2 Output | Urban Interactions | A1 Panel

The Kapani market area, in Thessaloniki’s city center, is characterized by its strong connection to history, in terms of both tangible and intangible heritage remenants. Contrasting elements compose a feel of “Enclosed exterior space, which, at the same time, forms a showcase of diverse, informal, personalized elements that create a rich, and sometimes, overwhelming atmosphere. Thus, two worlds collide, the street against the interior, where you exit one to enter another jungle.

Our team’s goal is to regenerate and highlight the area, as an important part of the city’s history, as well as a social, financial, and key aspect of cultural heritage, vital for urban contemporary life. The main points of interest, focus on reestablishing historic traces found in the area, and introducing new elements (canopies, paving, urban equipment, greenery) that aim to improve market’s current functionality and resilience.

The proposal attempts to create a comfortable environment, adapted to both current and future functional, economic, social, and environmental circumstances. To highlight those heritage aspects that are going to be key on maintaining the intrinsic values of the area. Recalling and redesigning the past features, so that the new character allows both day and night function, with focus on attracting new users and promoting social interaction of all ages.

Among the specific internventions we find: the design of a new canopy, highlighting the historical axis, transforming the section of the inner streets, enhancing the entrances, and the implementation of a central square that will help to articulate and orientate new users.

Ana Jiménez García, Universidad de Sevilla – UNESCO Chair CREhAR

Alonso Izquierdo Priale, Universidad de Sevilla – UNESCO Chair CREhAR

Jelena Lazic, University of Belgrade – Faculty of Architecture

Sofia Mermiga Ageli, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki

Fotini Mpoukoutsou, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki

Dimitris Nikolaou, University of Cyprus



workshop organised in the frame of the Erasmus Plus project “HERSUS – Enhancing of Heritage Awareness and Sustainability of Built Environment in Architectural and Urban Design Higher Education”


participating universities
University of Belgrade, Faculty of Architecture – Project Coordinator; Università Iuav di Venezia, Italy; University of Cyprus, Cyprus; Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece; University of Seville, Spain


organised by Aristotle University of Thessaloniki
Konstantinos Sakantamis, Alkmini Paka, Maria Doussi, Sofoklis Kotsopoulos, Kleo Axarli, Angeliki Chatzidimitriou, Natalia Chrysikou


tutors – Aristotle University of Thessaloniki
Konstantinos Sakantamis, Alkmini Paka, Maria Doussi, Sofoklis Kotsopoulos, Kleo Axarli, Angeliki Chatzidimitriou, Natalia Chrysikou, Dimosthenis Sakkos, Stavros Apotsos, Iordanis Sinamidis


with the participation of 

Emanuela Sorbo, IUAV – Enrico Anguillari, IUAV – Maria Philokyprou, UCY – Stavroula Thravalou, UCY – Ana Nikezic, UB-FA – Aleksandra Djordjevic, UB-FA

Aleksandra Milovanovic, UB-FA – Mladen Pesic, UB-FA – Mar Loren-Méndez, USE CREhAR – Marta García de Casasola, USE CREhAR – Julia Rey Pérez, USE CREhAR, Nikos Kalogirou, AUTh – Dia Tolika, AUTh – Katerina Danadiadou, Municipality of Thessaloniki, Stefan Janković, UB-FA – Savia Palate, UCY – Benito SánchezMontañés, USE CREhAR – Maria Chiara Tosi – IUAV, Stefi Tringa – AUTh


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