Thomas Doxiadis

Thomas Doxiadis

works with the beautiful and highly biodiverse landscapes of the Greek Isles – those brilliant blue seas, punctuated with austere islands, with ancient sites evoking myths and civilisations, which continue to haunt and inform our notions of Western Civilisation today.

Thomas established Doxiadis+ in 2001 as a multi-disciplinary firm – architecture, landscape, interiors, and construction. He has achieved huge success with some highly sensitive projects. At the Aegean isle of Antiparos eight houses have been built on 16ha of scrubland where old drystone walled terraces break up the exposed landscapes. Houses lie low with vegetation placed in zones, some with ‘resilient species’ and others aimed at ‘accelerated re-consolidation of native species’. Louisa Jones says it is, ‘synthesis, between vulnerable archaic sites and new functions; economy and ecology[1]

Varied projects include an ecological park – formerly a degraded public beach – various private gardens and a transformed 7,000 year old Kaolin mine – transformed into a piece of land art.

His practice has won many awards including first prize for the new Acropolis Museum urban space. His distinguished Athenian family has interests in ecology, town planning, publishing, medicine, botany, gardening and business. It all makes for a Renaissance man!

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[1] p31 Louisa Jones. The Pioneer Spirit. Garden Design Journal, May, 2011. A pdf file is available on this website (see Thomas Doxiadis).

 

 

ABSTRACTS

1. Symbiosis: Designing for new uses in historic Mediterranean Landscapes

Mediterranean landscapes are the result of many millennia of interaction between humans and nature. Renowned for their biodiversity and great beauty, these landscapes are now undergoing rapid change. New uses, mostly tourism, bring in their own forms and processes, often destroying the very landscapes they are trying to market. For the past 12 years, doxiadis+ have been working on these landscapes, understanding the processes that formed them, their cultural and natural characteristics, their endemic and native flora. Based on this understanding, we have created projects which attempt to heal rather than wounding, providing for a new symbiosis between historic and contemporary, natural and man made.

 

2. Designing through poverty: Creatively changing the cost/benefit of landscape projects.

The age when money was no object is past, in Greece at least. We are called to do much more with much less, to answer not the question “what is this going to cost”, but “what is the maximum we can achieve with very limited resources”. Fortunately, both the past and the future come to our aid. The past provides parsimony, simplicity, and a very long tradition of recycling the old to make the new. The future provides ecology, the ideas of working with natural processes, with the minimum amount of disturbance and inputs into nature. Together these practical and ethical positions provide a ..[basis]. for a new kind of practice, one which doxiadis+ has been exploring through a number of designed and realized projects.