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The developmental trajectory of urbanization in the region of Volos has diachronically been accompanied by the regulation and taming of the floodplain’s natural landscape. The city’s expansion followed the pattern of a densely arrayed grid that rationally reshaped much of its watercourses to open sewers as it co-evolved with priorities of industrialization and networked infrastructures that linke port to rail activities. With the recent de-industrialization and the shift towards services and tourism economy, public spaces (such as the waterfront) and cultural amenities (such as the conversionof former industrial complexes) received a renewed interest.
Despite the elevated notion and need for open spaces, Volos, now a city of 145.000 people, relies on a segregated network of small green space summing to a mean ratio of  4sq.m. per inhabitant.

Paradoxically, the remarkable and extensive hydrographic networ that informs much of Volos’ territory, besides its two fold value as discharge drain and irrigation of the city’s agricultural periphery it  evades any aspect of cultural and environmental re-appropriation.
Still, the city’s steam network relies on an obsolete engineering approach and an outmoded pattern of land-stream development that make little response to the heavy and intense rainstorms, tied to climate change.

Recently, official flood risk charts unveiled the most blatant indicator for the failing nature of the stream’s hard infrastructure ideal, rendering necessary a new infrastructural synthesis involving technical, environmental and creative interventions to re-establish and heal the relationship between city and stream.  This context underlines the scope of “Volos: Re-streaming  the city” workshop, involving multidisciplinary research by design and strategic reactionary planning methodologies to develop new policies for the integration of novel stream-city infrastructural prototypes enmeshed to the urban morphology  in order to heal the broken relationship with water and watersheds but also respond to developmental and climate change imperatives.


Annalytical Brief

During the last century, urban expansion along the soft alluvial deposits of three streams Xirias, Krafsidonas and Anavros (lined up from west to east) heavily transformed a sinuous discharge regime, partially allocating their natural watercourse to halt flush-floods from lowland residential areas.  This same process technically modified bed-profiles into channelized artificial boulders with concrete–lined conduits. But there were also further implementations of large technical infrastructures that lead to the alteration of the natural regime. These include: the expansion of the port activities to the delta of Krafsidonas; the ad-hoc vegetation clearings along the stream’s banks; the municipality’s monopolized interest to transform the stream banks into impervious driveways; the lack of provisions for adequate open public spaces with temporal allowance to mitigate excess floods. As a result, the streams’ bio-physical identity and ecological function have been discouraged swiping away any aesthetic comfort or recreational aspect that could be associated to its “first-nature” value. Volos’ current economy strongly relies -amongst other sectors- on services and tourism. In fact, the market’s tendency has built affinities with the rehabilitation of post-industrial sites and the cultural domestication of natural resources such as the waterfront. In this frame it remains a paradox why the official urban planning stance has not made any effort to integrate or recover the marginalized stream banks and segregated environments that alternatively might have supported a robust green corridor supporting social cohesion and mitigation of floods, besides an expanded open space network. In spite of the prevalence of contemporary discourse around resilient urban planning and design focusing on the implementation of green infrastructures into the urban landscape, traditional planning standards and codes show little regard for the threats posed by climate change. Even the growing skepticism and understanding of the streams’ cultural and ecologic value supported by local groups has been marginalized by the municipality, the latter still encouraging the stream’s role as an open sewer.

It is widely acknowledged that urban planning in Greece has relied heavily on the regulation of land uses. There is still a notable gap within the spatial planning instruments, such as the “General Urban Plan” (ΓΠΣ) to incorporate regulations that recognize, monitor and adapt to transitional aquatic-terrestrial ecosystems, such as streams. Besides the formal rigidity of protection measurements for the physical and natural environments it still remains to develop a deeper understanding of land use patterns that may adapt and develop in synergy and not against nature’s dynamics. Although climate change has introduced more frequent and intense rainstorms that led to severe flood incidents bearing social and economic consequences, local planning is still under-performing towards this alternative stance. Recently released flood-hazard maps for the GR08 floodplain of Thessaly, conducted under the Directive 2007/60 EU, indicate that in the lowlands of Volos region, for a return period of T = 50 years, the flood exceeds the boundaries of the channelized stream’s bed diffusing flush-floods within the Municipality. The situation becomes more unfavorable at flood periods of T= 100 years resulting to even greater hazards (see cover photo).

Flood‐prone zones estimated for a return period of T=100 years exceed stream discharge capacity and widely affect urbanized areas of Volos Municipality. Image by: Io Carydi, based on the Flood Risk Management Plan for Thessaly, (Ypeka, 2017)

Since it is widely recognized that excessive floods are associated with the failing nature of grey infrastructures as well as with the aggressive urbanization which has lowered infiltration capacity of densely built-up areas to zero, there is a strong challenge to:

• Introduce reformative policies that recover the streams cultural and ecologic value, besides recovering their role as resilient systems against climate change.
• Investigate how the re-organization of the streams as urban water systems improves the whole city structurally.
• Design synthetic landscapes of living and biophysical systems that operate as novel green infrastructures capable to re-shape open space morphologies.
• Research how these green infrastructures may develop synergies across different economic sectors with an impact on Volos’ urban economy, on future expansions and re-discovered cultures.

The Scope of this Workshop is:

• to expand the need for a multidisciplinary thinking and collaboration between different scientific disciplines over current urban issues that involve environmental and developmental parameters.
• to introduce novel design methodologies capable to relate natural dynamic environments to current urbanization trends.
• to introduce novel representation  tools that enable as to exemplify complex and dynamic trends that affect urban planning.

• The workshop will include lectures from accredited academics in the field of Infrastructures, Urbanism and Landscape Urbanism as well as seminars for design tools including GIS, Rhinoceros and Illustrator.
• The workshop will involve accredited academics, community groups’ representatives and official representatives from the municipality in the final jury in order to expose the novelty of the research with a wider audience.


Monday 4th June to Saturday 9th June
• 4th June
(AM) Arrivals at Volos
(18:00) Workshop Introduction

5th-8th June:
Fieldwork, Seminars, Studio Work, Open Lectures

9th June: (10:00‐13:00) PIN UP presentation, Certifications of Attendance, (14:00‐17:00) Lunch at Makrinitsa, Pelion

The Workshop is Addressed to:
• Undergraduate (3rd year or higher) or Graduate students from the disciplines of agronomy, planning, architecture, urban design, landscape architecture and civil engineering

• The workshops tutorials, seminars and  lectures will be in English language


• 30 students


Eligibility to Participate:
1. Expression of Interest:

The workshop will be based on a pre-selection. To secure your attendance please send a short letter of interest (100 words max.) indicating your name, year of study / university, contact details (telephone and email address) together with three images from your design work as an attached two-page PDF (max. size<2MB) to:

2. Acceptance of Applications:

Prospect participants will receive feedback upon their eligibility to participate in written in their e-mails by Friday 30th of March.
3. Ensuring Participation:

This will only be guaranteed upon paid fees until the dates provided below.

New Date
for the expression
of Interest:

Monday 26th March


// Early Bird - Fellowship Fee*: 100 euro

* the workshop's committee will accept up to 15 applications with a reduced fee. Please include the word "fellowship" at your letter of expression of interest.

// Early Bird registration is 250 euro available up to Friday 6th April, (00:00, GR TIME).

// Final Registration is 320 euro eligible up to Monday 23rd April, (00:00, GR TIME).
• Payment by credit/debit card or bank transfer following acceptance of your application.
• Fees do not cover accommodation, travel, or food expenses.

• Cancellation Policy Please note that no cancellation or reimbursement of the fees will be made possible after the 30th of April.


With the completion of the workshop, participants will receive a workshop certificate from PRD /UTH, accrediting the hours of lectures, seminars and studio design work of participation. 

Research unit host coordinator:

Pantelis Skayannis
Professor of Infrastructure Policy, PRD UTH

Pantelis Skayannis (Architect AUTH, Urban & Regional Studies Sussex) is Professor of Infrastructure Policy and the Director of the Research Unit of Infrastructure, Technology Policy and Development (RUITEPOD) and of the Unit of Innovation and Entrepreneurship at UTH, Department of Planning and Regional Development, University of Thessaly, School of Engineering. Professor Skayannis has an extensive experience as a researcher in infrastructure development and as a regional analyst and planner and he will be a core coordinator and consultant into the methodology of this research process.

For more information about his research and publications please see here: 

Workshop scientific coordinator:

Dr. Io Carydi
Adjunct Lecturer, PRD UTH

Io Carydi 
is an adjunct lecturer at PRD UTH and a registered architect and planner. She holds a PhD from the NTUA School of Architecture and an MA with Distinction on Landscape Urbanism from the Architectural Association of London. Her profile combines academic research, teaching and professional practice with an international design portfolio of award winning projects and international collaborations dealing with landscape and urban infrastructures across Europe. All her three activities come under a core study interest that aims to redefine the morphology and sustainable function of infrastructures within the spatial planning discipline. Within this scope, Io has developed a critical insight for the spatial issues relating to the technological modernization of infrastructures and the socio-ecological implications of this change. Her research has been published in international journals and conference proceedings.

For more information please see here:

Accredited Academics

Aris Sapounakis 
Associate Professor of Architecture and Urban Design, DPRD, UTH

Aris Sapounakis is Associate Professor of architecture and urban design in the School of Planning and Regional Development of the University of Thessaly, Volos, Greece. He has more than 38 years of experience in urban and regional planning and development, domestic and commercial architecture, landscape architecture and urban design as well as social research.

For more information about his research and publications please see:

Dr. Panos Manetos

Dr. Panos Manetos is a member of EDIP at the Department of Planning and Regional Development. He has 18+ years of experience in the field of Geo-Spatial Science and applications. His fields of interest are Fuzzy applications, Integrated Urban Models, Quantitative Spatial Analysis, Web GIS applications and Spatial Databases. He also has extensive teaching experience both undergraduate and postgraduate courses, e.g. Geodesy, Cartography, Spatial Databases, GIS and Application in Geo-information). He has implement several GIS projects both in public and private sector. As a major researcher he has implement several National projects financed by for the Greek Ministry of Interior, Greek Ministry of Education, Regional Authorities, etc. Has also implement research projects financed by the European Union, the majority of which involved designing integrated and complex geo-databases. His published papers have over 170 citations, co-supervised diploma thesis is an active reviewer for International Scientific Journals.

Zaykova Elena
Associate Professor Landscape Design, RUDN UNIVERSITY

Elena Zaykova
is Associate Professor at the Department of Landscape Design and Sustainable ecosystems of Agrarian and Technological Institute of RUDN UNIVERSITY (People`s Friendship University of Russia (PFUR)), PhD in Arch. Leading Russian expert in landscape urbanism, sustainable development of urban areas, green landscape architecture and design of the cities. Graduated from Moscow Civil Engineering Institute (1991), Moscow Architectural Institute (Academy, 2000), Saint-Petersburg State University of Architecture and Civil Engineering (2008). Author more than 80 papers in periodic and scientific journals (5 in foreign journals). She has been a participant in more than 23 international conferences and oral presentations at the 18 of them in Europe, Scandinavia, Russia and Balkan region. She is a regular expert for the assessment of landscape projects in Moscow and regions of Russia.
Elena is also the author of 6 text books for bachelor (1) and master (5, 3 – in English) student

The jury is comprised of the following people:

Pantelis Skayannis
Professor of Infrastructure Policy, DPRD UTH

Aristidis Sapounakis
Associate Professor of Architecture and Urban Design, DP

Theoklis Kanarelis
Professor, School of Architecture, UTH
Maria Marlanti
Assistant Professor, School of Architecture, NTUA

Thanos Pagonis
Assistant Professor, School of Architecture, NTUA

Dr. Io Carydi
Adjunct Lecturer 407/80 DPRD, UTH
Dr. Panos Manetos

Thanos Koutsianas
Msc Holistic Science, MBA

Eirini Karathanou

The Department of Planning and Regional Development
The Research Unit of Infrastructure, Technology
Policy & Development (