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Made in Athens

05 September 2012 / 15:09:14  GRReporter
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The modern face of Athens - not that of demonstrations, riots and protests, but that of the living city, leading a fulfilled and unique life. This is what the Greek architects have preferred to show at the 13th Venice Architecture Biennale 2012. The motto of the Greek pavilion is Made in Athens and the concept very well fits in the Biennale’s motto itself, Common Ground, the curator of which is the renowned British designer David Chipperfield.


    The pavilion houses eight different themes designed by eight different architectural firms, dedicated to public and private space and the place where they come together, to individualism in public spaces, to architecture’s response to problems arising from the economic crisis. Architects go through everything that happens in their city marked by the economic meltdown and the social crisis, but they focus on the positive potential of the city, which is created precisely in difficult times and gives rise to a better future.


    Projects of the best Greek architects, photographers-architects and creative associations are presented in parallel as well as their "common ground" as the motto of the Biennale, the common understanding of the future of Athens after the crisis. Its consequences, the alienation of society and the collapse of values ​​are not only undisguised, but just the opposite – they drive architects to seek new solutions.


    "The new generation of architects benefits from the good side of globalization and it is now facing the globalization of economic crisis, the universal decline in living standards and hence - the need to change the priorities of architecture," the two curators of the Greek pavilion Panos Dragonas and Anna Skiada said in their opening note. If the goal of architecture were to highlight wealth and sophistication until yesterday, today it is called upon to offer possible solutions to common problems, common income, common ideas and values. A task that is extremely difficult in a society that has made a cult of the individual and the individual person.
    The pavilion Made in Athens presents designs by AREA Architecture Research Athens, buerger katsota architects, decaARCHITECTURE, draftworks *, Point Supreme Architects and others. Venice Architecture Biennale runs until November 25.

 

Tags: Venice Architecture BiennaleGreek pavilionMade in AthensEonomic crisisGlobalization
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