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Mapping the City - A creative approach on Thessaloniki

During a one week social design workshop creatives explored the area around Palia Sfagia (Παλιά Σφαγεία) in Thessaloniki. Design thinking, design skills, and public participation are key tools and drivers 
for this project. They are all used as 
a methodology to explore, analyze, 
visualize and respond to the neighbourhood life and its people. The workshop aims to encourage social change-makers within this community. We would like to thank the Goethe-
Institut in Thessaloniki, LABattoir and 
the participants for making this workshop happen. LABattoir is a socially engaged 
machine for the production of culture; 
a laboratory of applied creativity that responds to society’s needs and problems introducing solutions and alternative strategies with the contribution of 
the artist as catalyst and the citizen 
as co-producer.

During a one week social design workshop creatives explored the area around Palia Sfagia (Παλιά Σφαγεία) in Thessaloniki. Design thinking, design skills, and public participation are key tools and drivers 
for this project. They are all used as 
a methodology to explore, analyze, 
visualize and respond to the neighbourhood life and its people. The workshop aims to encourage social change-makers within this community. We would like to thank the Goethe-
Institut in Thessaloniki, LABattoir and 
the participants for making this workshop happen. LABattoir is a socially engaged 
machine for the production of culture; 
a laboratory of applied creativity that responds to society’s needs and problems introducing solutions and alternative strategies with the contribution of 
the artist as catalyst and the citizen 
as co-producer.

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ΤΟΠ ΤΩ

NOV 2019 #1

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A creative approach

ON Thessaloniki

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Alexandros Diamantidis

PARK OF

PARTICIPATION

Exploring the Old Slaughterhouse area and talking to locals,

we realized their frustration at the neglect of municipal and

state authorities. However, the society is concerned about

the prosperity of the region and looks forward to upgrading

it. In this context, we have thought individual initiatives of

contributing to the community. Inspired by these initiatives,

we decided to suggest an installation in an open space where

people can contribute to the society and be participants in

the evolution of it.

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Alexandros Diamantidis

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Evaggelia Spyropoulou

19vocal

views

people / typical images /sounds

musics / experiences / favorite places

favorite buildings / memorable events

19 interviews from people related somehow to the area,

from immigrants and investors from abroad to local working

people, transgender sex workers and housewives, the area is

being reconstructed through their perspective.

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Kalliopi Kati

Lil’ whispers

here and there

“You know what? It’s not

the prostitutes we have

an issue with, it’s the clients

who bother us daily”

“Almost every time I walk down the street in the

afternoon or later, someone honks his car at me because

he is looking to get some. I just flip them the

bird or tell them that the price is 300 euros...

that always works”

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Kalliopi Kati

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The following is a collection of small fragments

of “gossip” gathered around the neighborhood

of the B’ Borough of the Municipality of

Thessaloniki. These are quotes that were

gathered through my experience in qualitative

research in the area and the interaction

with the local residents, but never fit into the final

drafts of rigid reports. The commentary that was

gathered from recordings, casual conversation

and relaxed, genuine conversations with the

locals provides with a more realistic, eye-opening

perspective of a community long-forgotten and

neglected in Thessaloniki, making us realize

that not all stories about the area are bleak and

negative. In contrary, what makes these little

comments so special is that they show us that

everyday life in the B’ Borough can be humorous,

optimistic, hopeful, humane and full of very

different people who, even though they have their

differences, create one very peculiar community

with “mundane” characteristics (like gossiping your

neighbors) , whether they care to admit it or not.

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Eleana Molozi

LIGHTS

OF

HOPE

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Eleana Molozi

Could more light make a person feel safer?

With light the area would be more connected and less

dangerous. The installation is chosen to oppose the red-light

district, to cultivate hope within the residents. Opposite

buildings characterized by its color, are placed light-filled

buildings in order to inspire people think positive.

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Gina Eythymiou

THOSE THAT ONLY TAKE ADVANTAGE

OF THE SITUATION -CRIMINALS.

THEIR HOME BUILDINGS WITHOUT ROOF

LOCALS THEMESELVES REMOVE THE ROOFS OF

THEIR OWN OLD FAMILY HOMES TRYING TO BLOCK

THE IMMIGRANTS GET IN.

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DON’T FEAR

THE FACE

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BUT FACE

THE FEAR

MR. CHRISTOS WAS BORN IN THIS AREA OF

THESSALONIKI. EVERYDAY FACES MANY PROBLEMS

WITH THE IMMIGRANTS AND HE’S SCARED FOR

HIS CHILDREN; ESPECIALLY FOR HER DAUGHTER.

“SOMEONE ASKED HER LAST NIGHT FOR SEX GIVING

HER 20 EUROS”.

“I HELPED A LOT OF TIME SOME PEOPLE FROM

SYRIA, BULGARIA ETC. BUT FINALLY THEY NEVER

APPRECIATED THAT” MR CHRISTOS’S FRIEND.

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Gina Eythymiou

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Alexandros Iakovakis

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MIND THE GAP

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Alexandros Iakovakis

The area of old slaughterhouses is a historical

place that reflects the glorious industrial past of

the city. With the gradual decline of industry, this

place was neglected and abandoned. However,

the infrastructure is still there to remind us what

happened here in the past century. This project

aims to raise awareness about the industrial

legacy, because we think ‘’Memory’’ should be

considered important for the society.

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Dimitra Gkioka

XXX

TRANSITIONS

Zanet is a transgender who works as a sex worker at

Giannitson str. in Thessaloniki. I met her during a night

walk in the area and we had some short conversation.

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Δεν υπάρχει κάποιο συγκεκριμένο σημείο όπου

να βρίσκεται η κάθεμια.Υπάρχει μια απόσταση

που μπορεί ο καθένας να βγαίνει, απλώς εγώ

προτιμώ να είμαι λίγο πιο μακριά από τα άλλα

άτομα γιατί γίνονται παρεξηγήσεις με πελάτες.

Καλύτερα να υπάρχει μια απόσταση για να μπορεί

και ο άλλος να διαλέξει. Αλλά υπάρχει και άλλο

σημείο όπου είναι πολλές μαζί. Αλλά όταν είναι

πολλές μαζί η μία δουλεύει, οι άλλες όχι, και μετά

δημιουργούνται προβλήματα «και όχι εσύ πήρες,

όχι θα τον έπαιρνα εγώ», και γίνονται κάποιες

παρεξηγήσεις.

Υπάρχει κάποια ασφάλεια, ευτυχώς, γιατί όταν

συμβεί κάτι βοηθάνε οι άλλοι. Γνωριζόμαστε όλες

μεταξύ μας, δόξα το Θεό. Δεν υπάρχει πρόβλημα,

ασφάλεια δεν υπάρχει γενικά, μεταξύ μας όμως...

Βέβαια, τώρα, αν είναι μακριά ο άλλος, δύσκολο

να επικοινωνήσεις, μόνο με τηλέφωνο. Αν σου

τύχει κάτι και είναι μακριά άλλο άτομο... Γενικά

προστατεύουμε η μία την άλλη.Προστατεύουμε, τι

να κάνουμε; Έτσι πρέπει να είναι!

Στην γειτονιά υπάρχουν προβλήματα. Οι

κάτοικοι άλλοι είναι καλοί, άλλοι... Εμένα μου

έχουν τύχει περιστατικά με αυγό, με βίδες, με

αυτά. Υπάρχουν κάποιοι οι οποίοι έιναι λίγο

υπερβολικοί, τι να κάνεις; Συμβαίνουν αυτά! Το

αυγό είχε πλάκα! Ευτυχώς έπεσε στο αμάξι. Τη

δεύτερη φορά δεν με προλάβανε, έπεσε δίπλα.

Το είδα μετά, δεν το κατάλαβα, γιατί ήμουν μέσα

στο αμάξι και μετά είδα ένα αυγό κάτω, και λέω

«Δεν μπορεί να υπήρξε τυχαία το αυγό κάτω».

Υπάρχουν προβλήματα, τι να κάνουμε;Έτσι, είναι

αυτή η δουλειά.

Για τα σημεία που επιλέγουμε να πάμε με τους

πελάτες, εγώ προτιμώ να πηγαίνω στη γύρω

περιοχή, να μην απομακρύνομαι από το σημείο

μου. Προτιμώ όχι πολύ φωτεινά σημεία, για να

μην φαινόμαστε και για να μπορώ να κάνω τη

δουλειά μου. Αλλά θέλω να υπάρχει και φως, να

μην είναι τελείως σκοτεινά, για να αισθάνομαι

ασφάλεια. Παράδειγμα, πηγαίνω στις αλάνες και

στα πάρκινγκ γύρω.

Ζανέτ, 48 ετών

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Dimitra Gkioka

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Dimitra Gkioka

The spot that each of us stands is not specific. Each one

can choose her spot, since there is much space. I just prefer

to be a little further from the others because there are

misunderstandings with customers. It is preferable to keep

some distance between us so that the customers can choose.

There is another spot where some others choose to be

together. But in this case when one works, others don’t.

This causes some problems, like “You got one before,

I should get him!”, etc.

There is some safety, fortunately, because when something

happens, others help. Thank God, we all know each other.

Although, if the other is far away, it’s hard to communicate,

you can only do it by phoning... In general we protect each

other. We have to protect each other, we can’t do it

other way.

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There are some problems with the neighborhood.

Some people are good, but others ... I have had some

incidents with eggs, with screws. There are some people who

are undue. The incident with the egg was funny! Fortunately,

it fell on the car. The second time it did not catch me, it fell

next to it, down there. I saw it later on, because I was inside

the car. There are problems, what can we do for it? This is

how this job works.

About the spots that we choose to go with the customers,

I prefer to be at the surroundings, close to my spot.

I usually choose not much lighted places, so as not to be

visible, but enough lighted so as to feel secure. For example

I choose parking lots or empty lots.

Zanet, 48 years old

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During a one week social design workshop

creatives explored the area around Palia

Sfagia (Παλιά Σφαγεία) in Thessaloniki.

Participants developed themes and

concepts referring to the city based on

social issues, stories of the inhabitants

and its visual language.

Design thinking, design skills, and public

participation are key tools and drivers

for this project. They are all used as

a methodology to explore, analyze,

visualize and respond to the neighbourhood

life and its people. The workshop aims to

encourage social change-makers within

this community. Once sensitised

to their social and cultural context,

participants are encouraged to take

an active and responsible role towards

a complex urban environment they live

and work in. These diverse projects

form a starting point and inspiration

for even further research than claiming

to be finished.

The social design workshop is an initiative

from andrews:degen, a strategic visual

graphic design agency located in Amsterdam,

the Netherlands. The workshop

‘Mapping the city - A creative approach

on...’ has already been conducted in

more than 25 different cities around

the world. For all the results please

visit www.mappingthecity.com.

We would like to thank the Goethe-

Institut in Thessaloniki, LABattoir and

the participants for making this workshop

happen. LABattoir is a socially engaged

machine for the production of culture;

a laboratory of applied creativity that

responds to society’s needs and problems

introducing solutions and alternative

strategies with the contribution of

the artist as catalyst and the citizen

as co-producer.

www.mappingthecity.com / @mappingthecity

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