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design work
subterranean realities
embracing water
influx of algae microcosms
observatory of material change
perceptions of plant life ...
nuclear fossils
geostories of petroleum
viscera urbana
terra incognita
psychedelic womb
coney island center
perforations of atmosphere plataforma alimenticia
decaying perfection
warping small worlds
defining position/thesis

writing
visualizing the accidental radioactive ...
politics and agency of space ...
landscapes and economies ...



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subterranean realities
unfolding temporal grounds, reconstructing past geocultural narratives


2021-22.
harvard gsd / cambridge, ma.
advisor: rosalea monacella
in progress work


This design thesis reconceptualizes the botanical garden as a repository of knowledge on the collapsed human/planetary histories, through methods of classification and representation of ground as an artefact of geocultural narratives.

Focused on the city of Athens, Greece and primarily on the very long inhabited and continuously altered deep ground of the old historic center, this design thesis investigates the potential of landscape architecture to unearth from oblivion and reconstruct the narratives of the origins of human and planetary interactions (or of the so-called “Anthropocene”). 

Theough critical representations, projections and classifications of vertical cuts and secitons of the deep and temporal ground conditions, the territory of the historic center is read as a genealogy of human and planetary interactions. This design thesis reconceptualizes the botanical garden as a repository of knowledge on the collapsed human/planetary histories, through methods of classification and representaiton of ground as an artefact of geocultural narratives.


The design thesis proposes the creation of a central repository of the origins of the collapsed human and natural history (or the history of the Anthropocene) as a counter-proposal to the existing botanical National Garden (Εθνικός Κήπος) and the transformation of the existing excavated sites of five metro stations as part of a decentralized “geocultural” garden. The existing excavated sites of the five metro stations provide the deep cuts through the ground and can allow, through a landscape curation, the production of knowledge on local geocultural histories. The institution of the National Garden would be reinvented in order to shift away from an existing botanical classification of plants and trees to that of the curation and display of the early histories of human and planetary interactions (the ancient local manifestations of the Anthropocene). All sites are near significant political and institutional infrastructures, suggesting that the geocultural narratives of Athens should be unearthed within the heavily political urban space of the city.









Maps of the Attica region, illustrating the geologic conditions of the larger territory from which material was sourced in ancient times for the construction of the ancient city-now subterranean geocultural conditions within the historic center of Athens.


Map illustrating the sites of the design intervention, including the existing “National Garden” and the metro stations of “Acropolis”, “Syntagma”, “Monastiraki”, “Thiseio”, “Kerameikos”, “Akadimia” and “Evangelismos”. 


From top left to bottom right, maps illustrating the metro stations “Kerameikos”, “Thiseio”, “Monastiraki”, “Acropolis”, “Syntagma”, and “Evangelismos”. 


Axonometric view of the geocultural repository, transforming the existing national garden to a series of artefacts that rewrite history from the human/planetary perspective.


Overlays of archival material and historic maps for five metro stations as an analysis and speculation on the deep ground conditions for each site.


Counter-botanical methodology of geocultural grounds based on matter.