Self Storage

16 June, 2015

Self Storage

This is proposal for a space to store personal memory objects of those who migrate from Greece due to the economical crisis, while a secondhand market system profits from their newly unattended belongings.

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Student: Bourou Kalliopi Karolina
Supervisors: Kostantinos Moraitis, Stavros Stavridis
School of Architecture National Technical University of Athens
Presentation date : November 2014


Starting point for this project is the case of mass emigration from Greece occurring the last 5 years as a result of the economical crisis. During this time the country hit the highest rates of unemployment in the E.U., which are directly linked to the size of the emigrating population. Upon leaving each one is bound to select and fit in a 20kg suitcase those necessary for his new life. This survival package naturally doesn't fit all of the belongings to which they related, in an emotional or a practical way. Given this context of population movements I focused on the importance of personal memory, denoted through the belongings of oneself.

Beginning from this material trace I am introducing a symbolic system of storing oneself -through one's tokens of personal memory- and a subsidiary secondhand marketplace, supplied by the newly unattended belongings. Through the two units, of the memoriotheque and the market, this proposal negotiates the concept of a contemporary monument. The personal collections are summed vertically in storage columns, of volume 1x1x23 m3, documenting in the city and the collective memory an ongoing phenomenon. The market placed beneath the urban surface and above the historical ground of the outer Keramikos expands the public realm and reveals ancient depositions of burial gifts - kterismata.



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