CampScape Project
CampScape Project
About the Project

CYENS Centre of Excellence participates in Culture Moves Europe, an initiative fostering mobility for artists and cultural professionals throughout Europe. Our proposal stood out as the sole choice from Cyprus along numerous European applications.

 

Empowering Through Design

Culture Moves Europe, spanning 40 European countries, supports artists and cultural professionals. CYENS aims to make a significant impact with an intervention at Pournara camp, engaging four architects/designers to collaboratively design social installations.

What makes this project distinctive is its tailored response to the unique needs of young unaccompanied boys ages 14-17 residing at the Pournara refugee camp. Residents will actively contribute to the design process, ensuring that the installations address their specific requirements, fostering a sense of ownership.

Our goal is to create a humane environment by involving migrants in the design of a communal entertainment/sports area that directly responds to their needs.

 CYENS provides support through mentoring, tools, and materials, aligning with our ethos of promoting creativity and innovation while addressing social issues for a more inclusive society.

Project Implementation

The project spans 7 months, from January to August 2024, with on-site visits and implemtation commencing in July-August. Selected architects/designers from Tunisia, Estonia, Spain, Brazil, guided by CYENS professionals and social experts from CODECA, the Asylum Service, and Social Welfare, will spearhead the implementation.

 

Selected Designers & Architects

 

About the Project

CYENS Centre of Excellence participates in Culture Moves Europe, an initiative fostering mobility for artists and cultural professionals throughout Europe. Our proposal stood out as the sole choice from Cyprus along numerous European applications.

 

Empowering Through Design

Culture Moves Europe, spanning 40 European countries, supports artists and cultural professionals. CYENS aims to make a significant impact with an intervention at Pournara camp, engaging four architects/designers to collaboratively design social installations.

What makes this project distinctive is its tailored response to the unique needs of young unaccompanied boys ages 14-17 residing at the Pournara refugee camp. Residents will actively contribute to the design process, ensuring that the installations address their specific requirements, fostering a sense of ownership.

Our goal is to create a humane environment by involving migrants in the design of a communal entertainment/sports area that directly responds to their needs.

 CYENS provides support through mentoring, tools, and materials, aligning with our ethos of promoting creativity and innovation while addressing social issues for a more inclusive society.

 

Project Implementation

The project spans 7 months, from January to August 2024, with on-site visits and implemtation commencing in July-August. Selected architects/designers from Tunisia, Estonia, Spain, Brazil, guided by CYENS professionals and social experts from CODECA, the Asylum Service, and Social Welfare, will spearhead the implementation.

 

Selected Designers & Architects

 

Double Diamond Design Methodology

Residency Phases – Activities – Timeline

DOUBLE DIAMOND DESIGN METHODOLOGY Residency Phases – Activities – Timeline
Project Updates

Click each phase to explore the project’s progress.

Phase 1: Discover
PHASE 1: DISCOVER

Introduction to TMS
(January – February)

Phase 2: Define
PHASE 2: DEFINE

Design Thinking & Design Directions (March – April)

Phase 3: Develop
PHASE 3: DEVELOP

Prototyping, Model Making & Testing (May – June)

Phase 4: Deliver
PHASE 4: DELIVER

Implementation & Installation at Pournara (July – August)

Phase 1: Discover
PHASE 1: DISCOVER

Introduction to TMS (January – February)

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Our four resident artists Mateus, Sasha, Daly and Camila, under the mentorship of the TMS team, have been actively engaged in a multifaceted exploration of the Pournara Reception Centre. Their initial visits involved a comprehensive site analysis, where they used the TMS Media desk’s 360 camera to document existing facilities. Interactions with social workers from the Asylum Service and Social Welfare further provided valuable insights into the space’s main needs and glimpses into the daily lives of the boys.

The insights were materialized through the creation of a precise 1:50 scale site model, digitally fabricated using the laser cutter available at the main workshop of TMS. Last week marked a significant milestone as our resident artists presented the outcomes of their research during our first official internal presentation. Guided by the TMS team and mentors Calin Segal and Pedro Gil Farias, this session served as a pivotal moment for refining their direction and setting the course for the next steps in this transformative project.

Photos: 360 document of the existing facilities of the Pournara Reception Centre & mentoring session with Calin Segal and Pedro Gil Farias.

Pournara 360 Documentation
360 documentation of Pournara designated area
360 documentation of Pournara designated area
creation of site model
creation of site model
mentors meeting

Photos: 360 document of the existing facilities of the Pournara Reception Centre & mentoring session with Calin Segal and Pedro Gil Farias.

Phase 2: Define
PHASE 2: DEFINE

Design Thinking & Design Directions (March – April)

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PHASE 2A

In Phase 2A of project, the team adopted an innovative and cost-effective approach to developing community spaces. After visiting the Nicosia Municipality Warehouse to assess the available leftover materials, they devised a creative intervention. Inspired by the concept of the “pixel,” designers and architects proposed a playful and colorful pavement for the central area between the containers. This vibrant addition was intended to foster a sense of community and visual interest. Additionally, they planned the creation of a callisthenics park to promote physical activity and provide a recreational outlet for the boys during their free time. This phase successfully blended creativity with resourcefulness, enhancing the communal environment while minimizing costs.

Photos: Research for available leftover materials at the Nicosia Municipality Warehouse.

material research
material research
material research
material research
material research
material research

Photos: Pixel concept

Pournara project proposals: Phase 1
Pournara project proposals: Phase 1
Pournara project proposals: Phase 1

Photos: Research for available leftover materials at the Nicosia Municipality Warehouse.

Photos: Pixel concept

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PHASE 2B

In Phase 2B of project, the team faced a challenge as they were unable to obtain the materials from the Nicosia Municipality. This prompted a shift in direction, leading the team to focus on using low-cost materials to develop three main concepts:

  1. Parametric Tunnel: The first idea centered around creating a parametric tunnel designed to foster interaction and play. This dynamic structure aimed to provide a unique and engaging space for the community.

  2. Wooden Log Playground: The second idea utilized wooden logs of varying heights to construct a versatile playground. This concept included sitting areas, shading, and exercise spaces, all integrated into a cohesive and functional environment.

  3. Callisthenics Park with Membrane Shading: The third idea proposed a callisthenics park in the central area, enhanced with membrane shading. Additionally, one of the containers would be repurposed as a space for social workers to interact with the boys, offering a place for them to spend time outdoors during the day.

Photos: Parametric Tunnel concept

Pournara project proposals: Phase 2
Pournara project proposals: Phase 2
Pournara project proposals: Phase 2

Photos: Wooden Log Playground concept

Pournara project proposals: Phase 2
Pournara project proposals: Phase 2

Photos: Callisthenics Park with Membrane Shading concept

Pournara project proposals: Phase 2
Pournara project proposals: Phase 2

Photos: Parametric Tunnel concept

Photos: Wooden Log Playground concept

Photos: Callisthenics Park with Membrane Shading concept

Phase 3: Develop
PHASE 3: DEVELOP

Prototyping, Model Making & Testing (May – June)

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PHASE 3A

On Friday, 31.05, we held our first workshop at Pournara First Reception Centre with unaccompanied minors aged 14-17. The team had a meaningful exchange with the boys, presenting ideas and gathering their valuable feedback. Supported by social workers and translators, we bridged language gaps, translating from English to Somali and Arabic. The boys shared their experiences and envisioned improvements for the centre using scale models produced at Thinker Maker Space. We ended the day by creating wall drawings together, fostering bonds and creative expression. These drawings will inspire our next workshop on Friday, 07.06, where we’ll collaborate on a mural for one of the container walls.

1st workshop at pournara
1st workshop at pournara
1st workshop at pournara
1st workshop at pournara
1st workshop at pournara
1st workshop at pournara
1st workshop at pournara
Phase 4: Deliver
PHASE 4: DELIVER

Implementation & Installation at Pournara (July – August)

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PHASE 4A

We have entered Phase 4 of the CampScape project, moving forward with the implementation and installation of the proposed idea. The wood logs, which will form the main structure, arrived and were unloaded in the wood workshop at Thinker Maker Space. We are excited to finally start the hands-on work!

 

campscape materials unloading
campscape materials unloading
campscape materials unloading
campscape materials unloading
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 This work was produced with the financial assistance of the European Union. The views expressed herein can in no way be taken to reflect the official opinion of the European Union.