AMORGOS, the easternmost island of the Greek Cyclades is a stunner,
with whitewashed houses, trestled alleyways and fiery rust sunsets ...
Kevin Raub in New York Post, 2010

Amorgos Architectural Workshop

Mediterranew Architectural Workshop Amorgos

The intent of the design workshop & summer school is to investigate new possible approaches in the development of projects for the communication and enhancement of the cultural heritage and landscape in the Mediterranean area.
We are sure that we must find new ways that allow a better dialogue between the extraordinary heritage of the countries bordering the mare nostrum and a responsible use by an increasingly wide international audience.

The Greek island of Amorgos, the most distant of the Cyclades, is in fact one of the few that has maintained until now a strong identity, little contaminated by the mass tourism of neighboring islands. The decision to treat an area not yet interested in large speculative concerns can bring the perfect scenario, where it is possible to investigate multidisciplinary and wide-ranging design strategies.

Amorgos Scenario

It is our intention to give the island community a series of projects that will serve over the years as an overview of guidelines and suggestions to the local administration. The objective is to contribute to a sustainable development from an urban, touristic and economic point of view that will be strongly supported by the local community. The currently underway application of the Hozoviotissa monastery in the tentative list of UNESCO for Greece is a unique opportunity to promote a responsible use of the island which enhances the presence of previously neglected historical and cultural spaces and new artistic and cultural initiatives of an international standing.

The projects will be developed by teams of students from the faculty of architecture and design in a context of international competition of projects and ideas. A heterogeneous jury made up of teachers, professionals and local dignitaries will award the prize to the most deserving in a public ceremony on the island. It is the intention of the creators and organizers to repeat the event in the upcoming years in order to provide continuity and consistency with the aims of the design workshop by dealing from time to time with these sensitive issues.

2013 Theme

The first topic to be dealt with concerns the development of a site of historical and cultural importance; starting from an urban territorial scale, it will reach the detail of graphic communications. The rural site of Asfontylitis offers students the first opportunity to deal with these issues and will be a matrix of a modus operandi to be applied to other sensitive sites.

Locations

The workshop is divided into two phases. The first one is a series of lectures that will take place in Milan in the large and evocative spaces of post-industrial DanceHaus and will be replicated in Thessaloniki on the university campus next week. The second phase will be on Amorgos island from September the 20th to September the 30th.

Competition and prizes

MediterraNew is also a competition. The three best design proposal will be awarded a prize and three Honorable Mentions will also be chosen. One or more special prizes are also expected to be awarded. A detailed list of the awards will be published by January 31st, 2013. MediterraNew will also publish the winning projects on its website and will try to give maximum visibility on the media, in the form and manner deems it appropriate, to the designers who have obtained the best results. Participants and MediterraNew will retain all rights to the projects delivered.

Amorgos Island Magazine loves to support the ambitious cultural project and will publish all project efforts and news permanently.

“We are very happy to cooperate with a very professional web-magazine focused on Amorgos, hoping that our different skills can lead to a sustainable future for the island, promoting a cultural and responsible tourism. We strongly believe that researches oriented in the right way can be a format for the whole Mediterranean countries, starting from the amazing richness of this unspoiled corner of Cyclades archipelago.”
Giorgio Martino & Matteo Rigamonti, Founders – Directors – Architects

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