Ho(s)t pot

Stavros Theocharis, Irene Tsakiropoulos, Maria Xenaki2016

Greece - Biennale Architettura 2016

Greece - Biennale Architettura 2016
Venice, Italy

Αs an emergency solution to the refugee problem, isolated settlements (“hot spots”) are built for the temporary dwelling of refugees. The perspective of a long stay of refugees on several regions (together with the negative attitude of many European countries), combined with and the economic crisis in Greece, amplifies the feeling of insecurity among host regional societies.
As a possible solution, we investigate the reuse of abandoned building cells and a revitalization of the direct environmental space for the benefit of the population as a whole, both the natives and the refugees. With the collaboration of the local society, through collective bodies that put the emphasis the fields of knowledge of the people contributing to an action, we propose the creation of residential and hosting “pots”, or the exploitation of the existing substructure, for the provision of welfare, care or medical services. The reuse of “symbolic materials” such as life jackets and lifeboats, as well as the use of raw materials found on islands, could be the design tools of ephemeral and reversible constructions for the temporary accommodation and relief of incoming refugees. Furthermore, the design of spaces of creative occupation supports the cultural exchange between different populations and reinforces the self-service character of these settlements.


  • Title: Ho(s)t pot
  • Creator: Stavros Theocharis, Irene Tsakiropoulos, Maria Xenaki
  • Date Created: 2016

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