Larissa, Greece

Population: 200,000

Larissa is located in the center of Greece, in the middle of the largest plain of the country, under the shadow of Mount Olympus and near the Tempi Valley. The largest city in central Greece, Larissa is a transportation, educational, administrative and cultural hub. With a history spanning 8,000 years by the riverbanks of Peneus river, the city is - according to many historians - one of the oldest in Europe, with modern Larissa literally built on top of the ruins of the ancient city.

CLEVER Cities plans

Larissa plans to replicate CLEVER Cities methods of co-creation to transform the Ethiage area into a public park. Located in the southern part of the city, the area has post-industrial characteristics and is currently seen as an ‘urban vacuum’. It has been a long-standing demand  to incorporate the development of the area into the greater city planning.

The goal is to involve the local community, schools, residents and other stakeholders in the discussions over the future development of the Ethiage area, the creation of the public park and the reuse of the warehouses.

In the summer of 2018, the city launched an architectural contest to provide ideas, including the use of ‘green interventions’.