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TIME LAYERS

 

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-315-31 BC : Hellenistic period

 

-31 BC to  the 4th century AD: Roman Empire

                                                                            4th Century AD to 430: Byzantine Thessaloniki

1430 to 1912: Ottoman rule

1912 to 1940: Modern Thessaloniki

 

 

Thessaloniki is the product of an uninterrupted historical course of 25 centuries, where the Greek, Roman, Byzantine, Ottoman, Turk and modern culture has created a strong mixed identity between orient and occident. These cultural influences are recorded in all the different layers of the city forming a complex con-texture of interwoven historical and contemporary traces. The overlapping and superposing of these social, economical and political data form a complex urban web imposing a specific decoding. The project is based on the scanning method [>>>city scan] in aim to deal with the specific spatial and temporal layering [>>> stratas] of the urban fabric [>>>contexture].

The temporal data are intertwined into new fluid systems [>>> folded time grid] integrating the specific historic layers of the city as well as the global data’s of the information flows.

Flattened into a totally mediated environment the different time-layers of the city permanently fuse with the virtual layers.

 

HISTORICAL DATA                                                                                                             Thessaloniki is a seaport in the north of Greece, the country's second largest city with a population of one million. Build in 315 B.C. by Cassandre, placed at the crossroad, linking Asia and Europe by the Egnatia street and the central Balkan to the Mediterrian, Thessaloniki has always been an important economic pole of exchange.

Throughout the 25 centuries of its life, the city has known an uninterrupted, dynamic presence in the Balkan Peninsula: main centre of the Macedonian state, capital of the Roman province of Macedonia, joint ruler of the Byzantine empire with Constantinople, it then lived for 5 centuries under the Turkish occupation. From its liberation in 1912, it became the second largest city in Greece. After World War II, the assimilation of the neighbouring countries [Albania, Bulgaria and Yugoslavia] in the Eastern block and the closing of borders to economic relations with these countries as well as with Turkey, took away from Thessaloniki the most important part of its historical area of influence. Following the recent changes in the Balkan and the prospective opening of the borders give once again to Thessaloniki the advantage it used to have throughout it's history, between sea and city.