PROTECTION & ENHANCEMENT OF TATOI FORMAL ROYAL ESTATE
The project: «A master plan for the protection and enhancement of Ταtoi former Royal Estate» was assigned by the Organization for Planning and Environmental Protection of Athens, to the design team, which is comprised by the following members: Antonis Krassas (Architect, Planner), Manolis Votsis (Architect), Philippos Gerodakis (Architect), Dr Aikaterini Gkoltsiou (Landscape Architect, Agronomist), Kostas Zafiris (Surveyor), Stavros Ganotis (Architect, Physicist), Kostas Grispos (Civil Engineer), Eleni Papadopoulou (Economist), Niki Kardakari (Environmentalist), John Arnellos (Forester, Kostas Toubakaris (Civil engineer), George Pavlopoulos (Conservator of Works of Art) and Anastasios-Damianos Maistros (Electrical Engineer).
Several concepts often attributed to Tatoi, such as these of a forest, a historic site, a farm or a park, highlighting its complex dimension and the multiple possibilities of its exploitation.
The basic idea of the proposal was to create a public park devoted to the citizens of Athens and visitors from all over the country and the world, providing at the same time all the necessary resources for its maintenance, operation and development.
The master plan proposed the creation of Tatoi metropolitan park, providing a major tourist attraction, with international projection. Therefore, according to the design proposal, the park of Tatoi was going to be friendly and accessible to all, claiming the optimal cooperation among public and private sectors for mutual benefits, seeking the voluntary participation of citizens in various activities and suggesting the revival and reuse of the brand name of Tatoi.
The design proposal was characterized by five basic axes of intervention in order to create an autonomous and sustainable public park:
Α. Revival of the crops and of the agricultural production and processing, with a view to promote the agricultural and livestock products for consumption and marketing within and outside Tatoi park, as well as the exploitation of the corresponding building facilities for educational purposes.
Β. Design of recreational areas which will include a wide range of activities: cycling, walking, adventurous playgrounds, activities related to environmental education (e.g. Bird watching) and so on.
C. Culture stimulation, by creating museums promoting the particular historical, archaeological and natural features of the Park, or enhancing cultural outdoor activities.
D. Enhancement of research in collaboration with educational institutions and organization of conferences related to the activities of the Park.
Wildlife protection was promoted by creating first-aid station for the care and rehabilitation of wild animals in their natural environment.
Ε. Creation of hospitality installations (bars, restaurant, tavern, cafes)
The particular study, apart from the economical viability of the project, took seriously into consideration the rescue of qualities and elements, in order to give to the citizens of Athens a park capable of improving their quality of life.
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