The C3: Hersus International Workshop on Adaptive reuse in Urban Areas has been held in the frame of Hersus Project Learning/Teaching/Training Activities.
Hosted by University of Cyprus, the Workshop was led by professors and tutors with different profiles and research fields. The case study proposed to the students was the The walled city of Nicosia. Students worked in international groups in collaboration with the UCY team.
The workshop dealt with cultural heritage and sustainability themes through three topics:
Adaptive reuse of existing vernacular urban dwellings. The divided walled city of Nicosia as a place of culture and memory.
Traditional courtyards and transitional spaces of private vernacular urban dwellings. Intangible and tangibles values as a tool for multisciplinary reading and revival proposals of the divided walled city of Nicosia.
Re-discovering routes and paths. Re-use and revival of the divided walled city of Nicosia through cultural network and interconnections.
Each workgroup investigates the case study with an interdisciplinary attitude at the specific scales presented in the topic. Students are asked to work in a multi-scalar way. The workshop was an opportunity for students to be involved in the divided walled city of Nicosia, to gain a holistic view of the area and to develop a different attitude toward cultural heritage and sustainability focusing on the adaptive reuse of dwellings, semi-open and open spaces. Students considered various tools and strategies for the adaptive reuse of vernacular buildings and open private and public areas. At the same time, they were asked to achieve a balance between the memory and historic values of these spaces and contemporary interventions.