Point Supreme Architects
Postcards of modern Athens
Poster of the new campaign of Greek Tourism Organization applied in various cities
Shift of focus:
from classical to modern Athens
LEGITIMIZATION OF THE UNDERVALUED
The contemporary Greek city expands towards all directions materializing itself through the endless repetition of polykatoikias, in essence the realization of the domino house. Strict and precise urban planning regulations together with the urgent need for profit and the small scale of investment guarantee the homogeneity of the whole and the lack of exceptions to the rule.
The generic model of the polykatoikia has proven to be flexible enough to adjust to any condition possible and to effortlessly exclude from the discourse any possible architectural rival. If everything built is polykatoikias, any other construction possible remains in the realm of
The contemporary Greek city's form is no longer theorized or represented; what remains recognizable and identifies one place form another is the historical and topographical elements that the cities were attached to in the first place; the contemporary Greek city is still represented and identified by what was already there.
Our goal is to legitimize the underestimated, the polykatoikia; we will reveal its hidden potential, its unacknowledged capacity for further problem-solving in the scale of the collective. We will extract its iconicity and explore its limits. We will use it as a tool to reach and bring in the city the possibility of the Other, the un-built, under the disguise of the polykatoikia.
The profit will be twofold; the polykatoikia will be elevated to a contemporary icon, a low architecture turned high; and the city will allow the impossible turn possible, it will embrace the un-built and let it take place without even noticing.
E by Eleftherotipia
September 7, 2008