UNIVERSITY OF NICOSIA-
CRITICAL HERITAGE WORKSHOP
THROUGH PRINTER MEDIUM / POSTCARDS
After being introduced to the external forces “Colonial History” that helped shaped the Larnaca of today, we will be exploring the future narratives that emerged within the last decade that aim to reshape the city in the coming years.
By examining the narratives of the past and present, we will critically examine the power dynamics, the identity politics, cultural landscape and the heritage of the city.
Key words: Public space / private space, privatisation, commercialisation, sustainability, development, speculative design / speculative futures, bottom up / top down, green washing, permanent / temporary, power, identity, conflict.
How are historical neighbourhoods being repurposed for the sake of the economy?
Who is left out of the decision making process?
Can development be sustainable and “green” ?
How can sustainable development be questioned?
Are there any benefits for public land to become private investments?
Can existing infrastructure be reframed as sustainable development?
Should the public be the solely stakeholders and decision-makers for public space ?
Workshop proposal 2
After a brief presentation of a historical archive of Larnaca and the future projects that are in motion to create a new path for the city, there will be a small discussion.
The discussion will be guided towards questioning the narratives behind how infrastructural projects of the past were created and what the narratives of the future projects are created.
I am an artist and I work at the intersection of architecture, image making and spatial design. My main focus is on exploring the socio-political dynamics within the built environment and uncover new urban narratives. I traverse between the socio-politics of the urban fabric, the physical objects that surround us, public space and speculative design. Through a combination of research, design thinking, and a critical perspective, I bring together narratives and ideas, merging them into various projects that aim to evoke questions about our surroundings and its possible futures. Recently I have been interested in the implications of emerging technologies in society and their impact on the fabric of our cities, this has led me to explore ways in which the technologies could be used within the physical / social spaces in our cities, and use them to re-imagine new ways of togetherness.