In Praise of an Oblique Skyline

1. Ruins of Modernism

The contemporary Mediterranean Metropolis is a complex, clement, vibrant ruin.  Massively rebuilt, gradually self-compressed and extemporaneously diffused through informal planning, quid pro quo property laws, bottom-up development and familial socio-economic structures, its architecture unanimously embraced the Domino House as a fast, ubiquitous, open building system.  (Frampton, Aureli)  Continue reading

The One Dozen Catastrophes of Athens 2012

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 events or new public projectsContinue reading

Faliron 2014

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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

Site as Garden Interface

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Selected Project for the Hong Kong & Shenzen Bi-City Biennale of Architecture & Urbanism:  www.dreamgrove.org  |  

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1.  The dreamgrove project, ongoing since 2008, has consisted in the tending and constant design of a multilayered garden/ interface:  a compound of different kinds and orders of space (botanical and digital, physical and virtual, linear and topographic, planted and drawn, settled and incomplete), all fed by global participation and networked upon a common core:  a database of dreams. Continue reading