Is it possible to transform the centre of Athens?
Rethink Athens is a european architectural competition, launched on 21 May 21 2012, for the creation of a new city center in Athens..
Having covered all angles when discussing the problems and the discomfort caused by the current situation, what else is there to do? In a time of deep economic recession, Athens is called to find a different way to solve its problems and claim a place amongst today’s major European metropolises.
Within the framework of its public benefit activity, the Onassis Foundation responds to the present need for a reviving project by funding and organizing a European Architectural Competition for the creation of a new city centre for Athens, focusing on and around Panepistimiou Street. The objective of this initiative is to improve the everyday life of Athenian citizens, allowing the accomplishment of the vision for quality of life in the Greek capital.
The “Re-think-Athens” project is a multifaceted intervention centered on Panepistimiou street, extending from Amalias Avenue to Patission Street and ending at a brand new Omonoia Square. Its main objective is to stop the increasing downgrading and to revive the centre of Athens with multiple functions related to trade, services, housing, entertainment and culture while simultaneously encouraging several activities. The intervention at Amalias Avenue, Omonoia Square and Patission Street will form a ring that will link the pedestrian zone of Dionysius Areopagitus and the new Acropolis Museum with the Archaeological Museum and Omonoia Square with the areas of Monastiraki and Thisseio, thus connecting the liveliness of the modern city with the archaeological sites and tourism.
The winner of Rethink Athens Martin Kluijt, from the dutch office OKRA architects with the architectural proposal titled “One step beyond”.. Waiting to see more of this proposal soon!!
All proposals in exhibition at the Onassis Cultural Centre in Athens from 28/2-6/3, 12 – 9pm, free entrance..
More info here..