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Pedio Areos Park
Rearrangement and Planning, Athens, Greece
Architectural Design & Landscaping
The rearrangement and planning of the Municipal ‘Pedion Areos’ Park is based mainly on the principles of respect of the site and its historical importance (since 1880) for the increase of the green areas and planting and also functionality and utility for the citizens. All the above are met by enhancing the historic monuments and sculptures by creating areas of historical interest, by minimization of tiling and cement flooring, the improvement of existing flora and planting new plants and trees (94.000) compatible with the local microclimate and an increase of the security devices to protect visitors from various hazards on a 24 hour basis. Moreover, a friendly and pleasant surrounding has been created for the visitors together with an improvement or creation of spaces for spots, leisure, entertainment and cultural events. There has been an upgrading and conversion the existing Park open air Theatre to a multi-functional space of an area of 3,000m². A skateboard space has been designed as well as a mind track for running and a network of bicycle ways. A maze by Attica flora is to be created in the shape of the Minoan Labyrinth. Water features will provide a fresh and cooling feeling. An important point has been the provision of all kinds of facilities for the access of handicapped persons to all open and covered spaces of the park.
The project was a 50% in collaboration with Meletitiki A. N. Tombazis Ltd.
Paute Region Rehabilitation, Ecuador
Technical Assistance, Emergency Response & Rural Development
Infrastructure, Environmental, Geotechnical & Supervision
Following a major landslide and the obstruction of the Paute River, severe flooding occurred in the outlying region thus causing major environmental and infrastructure damage. A major effort was undertaken by the Ecuadorian Government in restoring both environmental and normal living conditions. A multi-disciplinary team was formed to solve the complex issues involved.
Major works and interventions included the stabilization of the front slope of Cerro Tamuga, training of the river Paute (with the construction of 5 grade control structures and bridges, sanitation works and latrines, 400 houses, 20 community buildings, programs of land rehabilitation and soil conservation, reforestation projects, irrigation systems and support to the production and training.
Design and supervision of Paute river training and related works for flood control, participation in geotechnical studies, community development projects (houses, schools, etc.), establishment of a Geographical Information System (GIS), design and tender documents and supervision of construction of the slope stabilization works, were included.
Water and Soil Conservation, Tunisia
Surface Water Resources & Basin Development Schemes
Infrastructure & Environmental
The implementation of the project took place within the framework of the National Plan for Water and Soil. Conservation was made in the year 2000. The Plan reviews the use of surface water resources and integrated basin development schemes. The objectives of the project were to stop erosion by controlling flooding by the integrated management of the drainage basins, to use the quantities of water normally lost for the domestic, agricultural and other requirements of the local population, finally the protection of downstream infrastructure from flooding and silting of major works was included in this project.
It was applied to almost all regions of Tunisia and consisted of: construction of 275 hill side reservoirs of an average capacity of 50,000m³ of water, construction of 300 flood control works by retention 600 works for aquifer recharge, anti-erosion protection works.
Technical Assistance Missions (agro-economists, rural engineers, sociologists) provided : Project management/monitoring / Financial management / Construction monitoring / Training / Creation of farmer’s association / Ensure participation of women.