|SUSTAINABLE CITY WORKSHOP
Victoria Square Athens
ATHENS 15-19 DECEMBER 1997
DEPARTMENT OF ARCHITECTURE
NATIONAL TECHNICAL UNIVERSITY OF ATHENS
ENVIRONMENT & ENERGY STUDIES PROGRAMME
ARCHITECTURAL ASSOCIATION GRADUATE SCHOOL
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Theano Fotiou NTUA
Thanos N. Stasinopoulos NTUA
Simos Yannas AA Graduate School
Nikos Fintikakis Synthesis & Research Ltd.
Nikos Fletoridis A.Tombazis & Associates
Nikos Giogias NTUA
Venia Haritatou NTUA
Artemis Lizardou NTUA
Helena Massa AA Graduate School
Kostas Moraitis NTUA
Yannis Romanos A.Tombazis & Associates
Catherine Vei Spiropoulou Architect-planner
Maria Spyridaki A.Tombazis & Associates
Undergraduate students, National Technical University of Athens, Department of Architecture
|This web page illustrates eight student schemes
which were developed in the course of a five-day workshop on sustainable
urban design. The workshop focused on
design proposals to improve environmental conditions in the area around
Victoria Square, a typical segment of central Athens. Participants
were asked to address air and noise pollution, car traffic and pedestrian
movement, existing buildings and outdoor spaces, and to make proposals
for reducing built density and increasing green areas.
The workshop teamed a group of 19 post-graduate students from the Architectural Association Graduate School’s Environment & Energy Studies Programme in London with 9 diploma students from the Department of Architecture of the National Technical University of Athens. Eight teams were formed combining students of twelve nationalities from the two institutions.
Over the week of 15-19 December 1997 the teams worked intensively for four days presenting their proposals on the fifth day. The workshop was preceded by introductory presentations and visits to buildings of interest. Students from both institutions gave presentations on recent project work.
The workshop was held at the headquarters of the Association of Greek Architects in Plaka.
|The project area around Victoria Square is a
typical segment of the high density, degraded, polluted, and noisy
centre of Athens. The chosen segment is delineated by Kodrigtonos to the
North, Patission to the East, Ioulianou to the South and Aharnon Street
to the West. The busy Patission, Tritis Septemvriou and Aristotelous streets
divide the area into distinct subsections along the north-south. Along
the east-west direction Heyden Street crosses the area on both sides of
Victoria Square. The square houses the entry to the Victoria underground
station and the only green elements in the area. The area contains numerous
neoclassical buildings, some of which listed, including the derelict High
School at the corner Heyden and Aharnon; the Stoa Matala arcade at the
corner Patission and Kodrigtonos, which features a glazed roof; and the
recently refurbished Workers’ Union Headquarters at the corner Patission
and Ioulianou. Other buildings vary in age, height and degree of negligence.
We are looking for design proposals to improve environmental conditions in the area. You may choose one of the following as the context for your intervention:
- the segment delineated by Derigny, Aristotelous, Ioulianou and Aharnon or a number of its constituent blocks;
- the segment delineated by Derigny, Tritis Septemvriou, Victoria Square and Aristotelous;
- Heyden Street (designated for pedestrianisation by the municipality) and Victoria Square.
|Proposals should address the following:
In addressing the above you may wish to recommend removal of unsustainable buildings and elements to reduce built density and increase green areas. You are free to suggest any interventions you see fit. Your attention is drawn to the following dynamics of the urban environment:
Submit visual material illustrating proposals with drawings and sketches to appropriate scale. Total submission should be of four A3 sheets including explanations and a written statement of up to 300 words.
Presentations: 19 December 1997, 12.00-20.00
|An Introduction to the Victoria Square area|
|This text is based on the 1996 Diploma Thesis
of Katia Sakellariou titled "A Mild Intervention for Uses of the Victoria
Square Area" for the NTUA Dept. of Architecture.
The area around Victoria Square is a typical example of a large part of the urban fabric in Athens. Located near Omonia Square, the most busy spot of the city, it was among the first sections of Athens to be included in the City Plan introduced in 1867. For many decades it had been a middle class residential area, encircling the underground station which was constructed in 1935.
As in the rest of Athens, after the war-plagued ‘40s there was an intensive building boom by private developers on a ‘flat for land’ basis; thus scores of apartment blocks on small plots replaced the old family houses, providing housing for the petit-bourgeois masses that migrated from all parts of Greece.
Traffic & parking
|FRIDAY 12 DECEMBER 1997
AVAX OFFICES (Architect: A.Tombazis & Associates)
VEIS HOUSE (Architect: C.Spyropoulou-Veis)
MELETITIKI OFFICES (Architect: A.Tombazis & Associates)
SOLAR VILLAGE I (Architect: A.Tombazis & Associates)
SUSTAINABLE CITY PROJECT (AA Environment & Energy
KOTZIA SQUARE COMPETITION PROJECT (NTUA Students)
INTRODUCTION TO SITE (T.N.Stasinopoulos)
VLALI SQUARE COMPETITION ENTRY (E.Stavropoulou)
SIX PROJECTS (D.Fintikakis)
XXX XXX (K.Moraitis /…… / …..)
ATHENS APARTMENT BLOCKS (T.Fotiou)
|MONDAY 15 DECEMBER