Thursday, 7 April 2011

Critical Archaeologies #3 - A Space on Hold

The workshop’s third destination - a case of suspended space par excellence- is the site of the old Airport of Nicosia, which was built in the 1950s. After 1960s independence the Airport became the main gate to the world, for the newly found state. Today, as another case of ruined and neglected site lying in the UN controlled area, the Airport is loaded with memory and it can be seen as a sign of unfulfilled utopian visions of 1960-70s internationalism, nation building and modernization. In this context, it has been the focus of recent and older theoretical researches and documentation projects which are also discussing its future role. Walking around its vast open spaces and next to the modernist buildings and structures, the visit will highlight the airport’s ‘openness’ in order to rethink the current and future role of this and other suspended spaces inside the city.

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