|CIRCUIT\\ XL-PLEAT : Agora 2000|
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The transformation of the ancient Agora to the concept of the Agora 2000 stands for the exploitation of an archaeological site as a central space of contemporary activity. The archaeological discovery of the ancient Agora, at the beginning of this century, is at the basis of the failure of the Hebrard masterplan and erased the idea of a monumental space of civic representation in favour of a diversified field of heterogeneous activities [urban ventile].
The reactivation of this central urban space, confronted to the symbolic value of an Agora, imposed the reinvention of centrality within the contemporary urban matrix.
The Agora 2000 has been conceived as a 140m wide programmatic wedge undulating across the very centre of the axis by merging event and space. The continuous space of the building has been generated throughout the data of the city scan determining the path of the folding.
The process of folding permits to merge into a single and fluid space the different historical fragments such as the ancient Agora (-500 BC), the cryptoporticus (-150 BC), the social housing (1960), the archaeological and touristic infrastructure (1980). The project transposes the layered space of the urban factory in its historical, political and social signification, into a liquid space sampling what has been distinguished in time and space into diffuse mass. The representation of time in space has been intensified by the introduction of a large screen, confronting the historic space with the unstable time of entropy. The fusion, via the folding, of these different space-times into a single structure forms a folded time grid - a topological space.
The implantation of new programmatic requirements such as the tourist arrival desk, the antique market, souvenir shops, a Hellenistic museum, the waterfall, the tiers, the event platform and the screen, within this folded time grid extrapolate the generic potential of the heterogeneous context into the condition of topological space. The free assembling of economical, political and cultural codes creates a hybrid environment according to the contemporary condition. The section of the 140000mē light structure platform culminating in the media screen stands so for the reactivation of the ancient Agora as a two store high cultural machine, where the Greek decor constantly fuses with the unstable projected virtualities. What has been a shut off area of archaeological investigations has tuned into a totally mediated space, where the urban actor slips from the Hellenistic ambience into the world of Los Angeles 2016. Agora 2000 as an media architecture intertwines the local with the global matrix producing new forms of heterogeneity. The transformed facade of Agora 2000 transposes the facade from an object into a connecting membrane. The simultaneous presence of different space-time confronts the urban environment with the decontextualised presence of contemporary culture.
By passing through the different ambiences the urban actor get permanent impulsions highly stimulating its nervous system. The urban defined as a matrix of dense stimulation is an issue of collective activity and participation, interactivity, rather than its representation.
Agora 2000 so has turned into a nervous space - a playground of time, exploiting technology to intensify interactivity and communication. The project propose to establishes the public realm as a glocal condition of interrelated subjects as a permanent presence of the other.