Vicinia pop-up media library and projection space is a system designed to promote social sustainability in the city of Athens, by using abandoned spaces of urban voids. This concept resulted from the insufficiency and the dysfunctionality of public spaces and the urge to create an outdoor space which will host group activities and allow different social groups to connect with each other.
The system is a hybrid of digital and physical substructure which will be placed in urban voids where residents and visitors are free to use the space, while they can also monitor and manage activities on their own through a digital platform. This project is part of an urban void network which will operate as a meeting point of local residents and visitors.
Vicinia restores life in abandoned spaces by redefining their character into functional and educational. In order to make use of urban voids, the system calls the users to fill these voids by engaging and connecting with each other, as well as with the history and memory of these spaces. The field will carry out activities including education, entertainment and self-expression which will be promoted in the context of lifelong learning through educational urbanism.
In the context of social sustainability and “design for all”, all social groups will be able to access the site and participate in the activities. Thus, urban voids will act as the aggregate nuclei of the locals, strengthening the concept of community and collective culture.
Physical planning and the presence of infrastructure—alongside the activities carried out in urban areas—shape the character of a city, the living standards of its inhabitants and their social and political mobilisation. It is only in such an environment that we can form the foundations of equality, democracy and solidarity.
- Media library of digital books and databases (images, text, video) where users can be self-trained
- Viewings of movies, documentaries and performances
- Use of space for workshops, lectures, teaching courses, seminars and the Greek language as a foreign language so that more groups of the population can relate with each other
- Self-expression, exposure, information, communication
- Digital web or social media platform operating as an extension of the digital space library where users can stay up to date with events and also choose between activities that will take place.