The C4: Hersus International Workshop on Resilience and future Heritage has been held in the frame of Hersus Project Learning/Teaching/Training Activities.
Hosted by the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, the Workshop was led by professors and tutors with different profiles and research fields. The case study proposed to the students was the Central Market Area Thessaloniki. Students worked in international groups in collaboration with the AUTH team.
The workshop dealt with cultural heritage and sustainability themes through three topics:
Agora – Market Fabric & Interior. The first track focuses on the interior of the superblock and particularly on the listed single or two-storey volumes that make a strong reference to the human scale and an equally stark contrast to urban surroundings.
Urban Inter-Actions – Routes, paths & pedestrian ways. The topic focuses on the routes, paths, pedestrian ways and open spaces within and around the central market superblocks, as well as those extending from the area towards diverse market spots throughout the historic city centre, aiming to facilitate the key notions of continuity of use and social participation.
Skyline – Boundary Conditions. The aim is to rethink the building blocks defining the boundaries of the “superblock” of the central market as external receptors which can contain a variety of current or alternative uses and functions.
The issues raised by the focus on Thessaloniki’s historic central markets closely link the notions of Cultural Identity, Resilience, and Future Heritage. These entail an elaboration on the evolution of Urban Heritage in the establishment of a multifaceted Heritage Site, where Modern Heritage is striving for attention within an area densely occupied by Historic Monuments, whereby Tangible and Intangible Heritage are equally important for the preservation of cultural identity.