Under the Landscape

(2021 & 2022) 1.500€ awarded

The Cycladic heritage is intertwined with the natural environment elements and traditional building techniques are an integral part of the local culture of each Cycladic island. The participatory project Under the Landscape, lead by the Itinerant Workshop on traditional Building Techniques ‘Boulouki', takes place on the islands of Thirasia and Santorini, aiming to connect a multidiscipline group of professionals and university students with the local society and its history.

Implemented by a diverse team of engineers, agronomists, archeologists, artists and other specialists, the project aims at the study and unveiling of local craftsmanship and architectural techniques at the settlement of Agrilia in Thirasia, the local pathway to which
was previously blocked by lush vegetation. Besides the participatory restoration of the traditional pathway of Manolas-Agrilia, this ambitious project includes site visits and field work to collect and record technical information (architectural and topographic surveys, local building materials) and locals’ testimonials, a traditional building seminar with workshops and presentations, a two-venue art exhibition taking place in parallel in Thirasia and in Santorini, as well as a final international symposium to gather, present and share the knowledge acquired with the scientific and with the local communities in Thirasia and Santorini. The project, uses architectural heritage and traditional building techniques as the starting point for a meaningful exchange between of scientific community and the local population.

Video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OnLWJevdgUI

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