Lecture: Panayotis Tournikiotis, "Re-Think Athens in the 21st Century"(More about event)
Modern Athens was established as a new capital city in the 1830s. The rediscovery of antiquity was a long lasting project during the 19th and 20th Centuries and has always been part of radical architecture and town planning projects. The development of metropolitan Athens in the 20th Century saw the emergence of new social and economic conditions in the city center, where the reconstruction of history around the Acropolis was juxtaposed to the densification of building, traffic and pollution. As a response to this conflict, a master plan prescribed decentralization in the late 20th Century; extensive implementation of this principle coincided with the recent economic crisis and, as a result, the core of the city has now been evacuated from most of its resources. Starting in 2010, the Rethink Athens project aims to coordinate large scale urban, cultural and social strategies to redefine the centrality of Athens in the perspective of the dynamic urban realities of the 21st Century.
Location: Scheide Caldwell House, Room 103
Date/Time: 04/01/14 at 6:00 pm - 04/01/14 at 8:00 pm
Department: Seeger Center for Hellenic Studies