We have chosen an area(a suburb) of Patras that combins compact urban fabrication with sparse urban fabrication, farmland area, nature and seafront. The region is located detween the national road in the South, the sea in the North, farmland in the East and Milihos river in the West.
Our project is based on the maintanance and expansion of compact urban fabric, creating a linear trade center and areas with bioclimatic models, developing regions with sparse urban fabrication to expand compact urban fabrication onwards. Furthermore, we have designed a park in which photovoltaic panels and wind generatores can develop solar and aeolian energy to supply this region with electric energy.
Specifically, in this compact urban area, as fabrication is already compact enough and the density of the population is at a high level, we won't install further buildings, but use measures against it, we are trying to discourage this rise. To make this region more bioclimatic, we are using nanotechnology materials which reduce thermal radiation in public spaces (roads, pavements, parks). These materials also reduce the pollution of the area by distroying organisms.
In this sparse urban fabric, we are installing residential units, that we have dedigned, in empty areas to extend the city's population in this particular area, so as to depopulate heavily populated areas.
The trade center is located along two basic roads, a section of Athinon Street and Kalomiri Street. The former is a dual direction road and in the middle a linear park is located. The latter is perpendicular to the first street. It is in reality an extension of Kalomiri street up to the seafront of the city. This is developed to be a pedestrian street with trade markets, restaurants and cafes. Along those streets we are placing our units (the same with the residential area) and in the back we are placing some trees.
In the south-east side of the trade center, we are trying to build bioclimatic buildings by using the same unitsand nanotechnologu materials to encourage the bioclimatic characteristics of tis area.
Also. in the existing natural landscape, we are placing photometric panels and wind generatores to make the region autonomus energy wise. In the farmland area, we aren't making any changes and we are trying to encourage citizens to cultivate products for local consumption.
The suburb is designed to ease citizens to travel through it either by bike or by airpod car (car moving with air). That?s the reason that makes the whole suburb autonomous. The citizens supply their needs in an easily accessed area. The main goal is to reduce the polution of the suburb and pick down the consumption of the gasoline and the oil. By using photovoltaic panels and wind generators, we can convert solar and aeolian energy to electric energy for regional consumption.
Marianthi Vasilaki - Irene Ikonomopoulou