Nicosia, June 2016

Marina Hadjilouca

Marina Hadjilouca is a Set and Costume Designer and a co-founder of the design group Schedia, which specialises in socially engaged design within the urban environment. Marina has been facilitating workshops for the Kids University at ARTos Foundation since 2010 and holds a BA (Hons) in Theatre Design for Performance and an MA in Narrative Environments, and currently is working on her PhD research at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design.

Her PhD research investigates the notions of place-making and coexistence in contested public spaces, in the unoccupied walled city of Nicosia, Cyprus. As a result of the 1963 inter–communal conflicts and the 1974 Turkish troops’ invasion and occupation, Nicosia was divided in two and the walled city fell into decay. For the last decade private investors have been sporadically developing the south side of the walled city (unoccupied area), resulting in gentrification, and thus creating further conflicts between the users, visitors and residents of the walled city. Her project aims to develop a methodology for placemaking and healthy coexistence in public spaces in the walled city of Nicosia.