Dip Karpaz / Ριζοκάρπασο (Rizokarpaso), Cyprus

Dip Karpaz / Ριζοκάρπασο (Rizokarpaso), Cyprus

General Information

Archis Interventions began its work in Cyprus in 2010, founding Archis Interventions_Cy, an informal group comprising essentially architects and urbanists from Cyprus. 


Explore spatial and socio-economic conditions in order to create innovative proposals and discussion platforms aiming to increase space quality, enhance social cohesion and promote civil participation and sustainable development while overcoming spatial and cultural restrictions in Cyprus.


Cyprus has been a divided country since 1974. Various attempts have been made to overcome the division of the country yet they have only rarely proved successful to date. The division has a direct impact on the development of urban structures and landscapes. 


Research projects on urbanism and architecture in relation with socio-economic conditions; interpretation and analysis of local/regional examples of urban and spatial implications of politics and culture; development of participatory urban planning and bottom-up models; promotion of sustainable development and community empowerment; organisation of lectures, workshops, exhibitions, conferences and public presentations that would bring together international and local experts with local communities. 

Main achievements to date (March 2014): 

2010 A critical investigation of urban projects in Cyprus

AI_Cy took critical research into urban projects developed since the division of the country, which focused on establishing collaborative participation between the island's  two main communities. The majority of these projects dealt with the spatial implications of the division. They had an urban perspective or were related in some way to the urban fabric while some dealt directly with the island's UN buffer zone. Most of the civil society-led projects failed or had only partial success. The majority of the successful projects involved cultural heritage conservation.


 The settlement of Dipkarpaz/Rizokarpaso is the main village in the northern part of Cyprus where the Greek Cypriots who stayed in the village after the events of 1974 and Turkish citizens who moved to the north of the island from the southeast and north regions of Turkey have been living together in a rather unique situation. AI_Cy's step-by-step methodological framework is inevitably shaped by the fragile balances which invest contested spaces. Acting as mediating body, particular attention is given to the involvement of all actors into the process and to the respect of local communities. The findings of each phase are tested and evaluated in order to develop efficiently the next steps in an intentionally decelerated back and forth resilient process. At this initial phase, AI_Cy conducted an initial research into the village's urban fabric.

in cooperation with:  

Initial workshop in cooperation with the Urban Research & Development Centre (URDC) of Eastern Mediterranean University, Famagusta.                                          .

2011 MAPPING THE THIRD SPACE: DIPKARPAZ/RIZOKARPASO, PHASE II: inviting the local community in a civil society-led process for improvement

In order to involve local input into the project two workshops are organized in the village: ‘Hands-On Workshop’ focused on the needs and possibilities of the village, the spatial environment and the inhabitants. This participatory workshop aimed to bring all the communities of the village together for evaluating and resulting the potentials of their living environment. ‘Children’s Workshop’ was organized in the village in order to read, learn from and contribute into children’s understanding and usages of space.


Creation of an interactive and digital knowledge tool: an environmental, social & cultural map of Dipkarpaz/Rizokarpaso village, Cyprus, based on architectural and environmental data. The interactive website and map-game complete each other aiming to create awareness on local and international level of the preciousness and fragility of the region’s environmental and socio-cultural assets and to promote respect and protection within the UNESCO Diversity of Cultural Expressions Convention, the European Convention on the Value of Cultural Heritage for Society and the European Landscape Convention. Hence, the tool aims to empower local civil society, promote multi-perspectivity and foster understanding and mutual respect within possible models of sustainable and peaceful coexistence. For the project's implementation a bi-communal creative team was set up. Visit the project at:



Supported by ERSTE Foundation