When the winds of change blow, some build walls. Others build windmills. Chinese Proverb.
History is the nightmare from which I am trying to awake. James Joyce
1. Emergency Machines
Every Winter or Summer of the past 12 years, Athens delivers itself a major surprise. Consistent and transformative, these are either significant, unexpected event or new public project. Continue reading
The rift in the middle of Klafthmonos Square traces the Eastern wall of Ancient Athens, slightly shifted now, in the underground parking lot. Continue reading
The urban transformations shaping Athens during the past 150 years have been fundamentally entropic. Neither planned nor public, locally controlled, motivated by populist politics and constantly checked or rerouted by private interest, they have played out against the geological, historic and public field of the Attic landscape like a domino-carpet of contention, negotiation and emergency. Continue reading
The unwritten story of Athens is being incessantly carved onto the same sub-stratum. Continuous layers of inert matter, stock, asphalt, limestone, sediment and settled smog gather on top one another. Monuments turn into foundations of insignificant buildings. Continue reading
A project in the Historic Center of the Mediterranean City is, very often, a collage operation. The richness, illegibility and inherent contradictions embedded in the structures of the old city-within-the-city fundamentally affect the processes of imagination, projection and analysis at the outset of any design. Continue reading