Cultivating Urbanism: Episodic Fields
Urban Proposal in Agii Anargiri, Larnaca
Agii Anargiri was one of many refugee settlements implemented immediately after 1974 as suburban satellites to existing conurbations. While the local population had at times been more socially integrated, its present ageing has lead to phenomena bordering isolation. A similar lack of assimilation is also endemic in the urban tissue. Currently Agii Anargiri is compelled to respond to what initially might have been a distant possibility: how to address with its secluded fabric the sprawl of Larnaca? Whereas the encompassing peripheral avenue originally constituted a buffer-zone that protected the settlement from a hostile and barren landscape, it has now become the boundary that severely disconnects the housing from the rest of the city.
Since Agii Anargiri does not have the scalar attributes nor can it attain the critical mass of spatial density, programmatic intensity, and urban appeal to become an urban district, it is forced to be operative as a (mostly-residential) quarter. Thus, the attempt is to organise the conditions under which a polycentric web of spatial events will emerge that would sharpen its qualities as a special quarter. The proposal consists of 7 non-hierarchical strategic themes that operate in tandem through systematic cross-fertilisation. Each theme is developed according to different objects, objectives and concepts, which traverse diverse scales and employ various means of intervention. The cumulative sum of these is a proposal that can be scripted as a series of possible scenarios with the immanence to evolve and mutate over time.