Site specific Valentine’s..

Goodmorning Valentines!!

How did you spend the world’s most commercial holiday..? Well, I have to admit that i’m not the kind that embraces the traditional Valentine’s day, but it’s a day that brings out mixed and different emotions for each of us.

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I spent it with Nikos and Donatello and we’ve been to Onassis cultural centre and Candy Chang’s installation School of the Future, the first of her three site-specific installations in Athens.

The classroom reinterpreted without teachers, books or pupils. Visitors find themselves in a space with a school desk at one end surrounded by thousands of big, red balloons. They are invited to write down a lesson life has taught them in a notebook on the desk. In so doing, the visitors become teachers and students at one and the same time: by taking part in a school of collective experience in which the shared encyclopaedia of knowledge consists of the lessons of their individual lives, they can teach but they can also learn.

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After all the fun we sat down and shared our thoughts in the collective notebook answering it’s 2 questions :

  • What do you think is important to teach our children?
  • What do you wish you learned while you were in school?

What do you think..?

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❤️❤️❤️ #CandyChang #SchoolOfTheFuture

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Inside Onassis cultural centre..

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Celebrating Valentine’s..

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Missing Florence and my International Hairdresser..

photos © chrysoula papagianni

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A day at the museum..

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Good morning people! Last Sunday along with Chrysana, Phaedra, Maria and Stefanos we visited the Goulandris Natural History Museum.

Founded in 1965, is home to zoological, botanical, marine, rock, mineral and fossil specimens.

The G.N.H.M. is located in Kifissia, 14, N.E. of Athens. It is housed in an elegant neoclassical building of the 19th Century (1875) which was converted and expanded in order to satisfy the Museum’s educational and scientific requirements. It was the first museum of its kind to be established in 1964, and the first to initiate environmental education in the country.

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Happy 2nd anniversary..!

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Hi everyone! I just realised that Urbanzip is 2 years old..!

The past 6 months we didn’t post as frequently as in the past, but this “neverending” transitional period makes it almost impossible to dedicate the time we would have liked.. So today i’m posting some pics from a beautiful stroll two days ago in the center of Athens, while I was searching urban planning material for my thesis. Looking forward to my graduation, than i’ll have all the time to explore my colourful city!

Happy anniversary!

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“Unofficial” Goodbye..

The time has come.. I just left my house in Florence and I’m on my way to Ancona and then to my hometown, Athens.

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This change will be really difficult at first. Of course I’ll miss this amazing city and all the people I’m leaving behind. This is an unofficial goodbye not only because I’m coming back soon for my thesis, but because I intend to visit really often! So beware!
Below some photos from this last week in Florence. Have a nice day people!

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Mexican dinner..

Early dinner with Enrico, Lorenzo and Nikos at Tijuana, a Mexican restaurant in Florence..

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#tldif part 2..

Some months ago I posted about Te la do io Firenze and their #tldif hashtag.. Well I discovered some days ago more photos of mine that they’ve posted in their facebook page

The first two have 1920 and 1200 likes and the other 420 and 300! Thank you Te la do io Firenze once again and of course everyone following the page that appreciates them!

Walking by the Arno river..

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Lunch break at the university..

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Dancing queens..

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My daily route to the university..

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photos © chrysoula papagianni

“Unusual” fool’s day..

Wishes for a good month.. Instead of an April fool’s joke I got flowers today from Nadia! Then we had a beautiful stroll around the city..

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On our way we met Matteo and we went together at I Visionari, surely the most unusual sunglasses shop in Florence, number 13 on the map! We tried lots of different styles of their new collections and I loved everything! I really enjoyed the atmosphere of this store, I’m surely coming back soon to do some shopping!

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Then a lunch break at Mama’s Bakery, one of my favorite places for bagels, sandwiches and cupcakes of course!IMG_8463_Snapseed

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A quick stop at Boutique Nadine, Lungarno Acciaiuoli 22r to say hi to Irene, Ilaria and Airi!

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A stop for gelato at Gelateria de’ Neri!

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And last but not least, Leone the mascot of Boutique Nadine at Via de’ Benci 32r.

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photos © chrysoula papagianni

Rethink Athens : the transformation!

Almost a year ago we posted the results of the Rethink Athens competition won by the dutch office OKRA architects with the architectural proposal titled “One step beyond”. Yesterday was released an impressive video showing the transformation of the city center. The works for implementation will begin in the second half of 2014. Looking forward to that!

Boutique Nadine reloaded!

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Boutique Nadine was our first stop at the #unusualflorence tour for 2013, so it’s only fair to start  for 2014 again with them, on number 8 this time! As you see the map has slightly changed, there are new places added and we are so happy about it!

This Nadine is a relatively new store, opened 2 years ago, situated at Via de’ Benci 32r, Santa Croce area.  A place that perfectly blends vintage and contemporary, always a vintage concept store but with more space for new designers in clothing and jewellery. The thing I love the most is the wooden floor combined with the clean white ceiling and the small living room at the back of course! There you’ll find Matteo helping you with everything!

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High water..

Hi everyone! My mother just called asking if Arno overflowed. Well this last week it’s raining continuously and in Pisa the situation was critical. The bridges closed 2 days ago, blocking access to the city and they put bulkheads along the river. In Florence there isn’t that risk (yet!) but the water is really high. So yesterday I decided to take a break from studying and see how things stand by the river. Those of you who know the city can definitely understand the difference!

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photos © chrysoula papagianni

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