Monocle 24 Report from the CityLab Summit

04:00 - 30 October, 2015
River Thames, London. Image Courtesy of Monocle 24
River Thames, London. Image Courtesy of Monocle 24

For this edition of The UrbanistMonocle 24's weekly "guide to making better cities," the team report from the two-day CityLab summit, which "gathered the world’s top mayors and urban leaders for a series of chats on how to to make our cities a better place." They explore the vision for London’s transport infrastructure, discover how Rio de Janeiro is gearing up its digital strategy ahead of the 2016 Olympic Games, and find out how to create a smart city through data. On top of that, they chat to millennials in Washington and "sit down for a very honest chat with the mayor of Athens."

Modernism Memorial: A Funerary Monument for the Death of Modernism

16:00 - 26 September, 2015
Courtesy of Archstudies.gr
Courtesy of Archstudies.gr

Archstudies.gr and DeCorbuziers, in partnership with the School of Architecture of the National Technical University of Athens, have announced their international student competition to design a conceptual funerary monument for the death of Modernism.

With this year marking the 50th anniversary of Le Corbusier’s death, the team of organizations is seeking “contemporary interpretations concerning multidisciplinary approaches over Modernism and specifically over Le Corbusier’s work, while [exploring] possible themes and directions of the memorial representation” in present day. Designs should emphasize commentary, rather than a tribute to Le Corbusier.

Nadja Apartment / Point Supreme

22:00 - 5 August, 2015

Hotel Indigo / Surber Barber Choate + Hertlein Architects

03:00 - 11 June, 2015
© Phillip Spears
© Phillip Spears

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AA Visiting School Athens: Symmetry Sentience

11:30 - 20 February, 2015

This year the AA Athens Visiting School aims to challenge the phenomenon of perceptual constancy through the design of architectural prototypical families. In line with the basic Gestalt principles, a variety of models of different shapes and sizes will be designed through means of digital computation. Various morphologies will be derived through a bottom-up approach via various coding techniques. To bridge the gap between the digital and physical aspect of the design iterations, AA Athens will make use of digital fabricating machines to produce architectural prototypes and add mechanics to amplify their communicative characteristics. A complete 1:1 scale structure will be constructed, enabling interaction via sight, hearing and touch as a result of a series of initial testing models. These proposals will be formulated through the combination of different design software.

Conversion of Doxiadis Office Building-ATI to Apartment Building / Divercity

01:00 - 8 February, 2015
© Fernando Guerra
© Fernando Guerra
  • Architects

    Divercity
  • Location

    Athens, Greece
  • Architect in Charge

    Nikolas Travasaros, Christina Achtypi
  • Design Team

    Nikolas Travasaros, Christina Achtypi, Dimitris Travasaros, Demetra Karabelia, Dimosthenis Lappas, Angelina Manitsa, Marios Triantafyllou
  • Area

    1709.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

    Fernando Guerra · Photographer Profile, Nikos Daniilidis, Constantinos A.Doxiadis Archives@ Constantinos & Emma Doxiadis Foundation, Courtesy of Divercity

© Fernando Guerra © Fernando Guerra © Fernando Guerra © Nikos Daniilidis +24

Pxathens - Six Thresholds / Buerger Katsota Architects

01:00 - 31 January, 2015
© Yiorgis Yerolymbos
© Yiorgis Yerolymbos
  • Architects

    Buerger Katsota Architects
  • Location

    Athens, Greece
  • Design Team

    Stephan Buerger, Demetra Katsota, Stephanos Conidaris, Flavian Lekkas, Francisco Serodio, Mladen Stamenic
  • Consultants

    Panagiotis Panagotopoulos (structural engineers), TETRAS AE (m/e engineers), Greenways (landscape architects) L+DG (lighting architects)
  • Area

    840.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

© Yiorgis Yerolymbos © Yiorgis Yerolymbos © Yiorgis Yerolymbos © Yiorgis Yerolymbos +16

Apartment Building in Deinokratous Street, Athens / Giorgos Aggelis

01:00 - 30 January, 2015
© H. Louizidis
© H. Louizidis

The apartment building lies on a sloping site that faces onto three streets and is comprised of 5 stories with apartments, a pilotis and 4 underground levels ― 1900m².

48 Urban Garden / AK-A

01:00 - 13 January, 2015
© Nikos Alexopoulos
© Nikos Alexopoulos
  • Architects

  • Location

    Athens, Greece
  • Architects in Charge

    Katerina Apostolou, Minna Colakis
  • Mechanical Engineer

    Dimitris Dionyssiotis
  • Area

    190.0 sqm
  • Photographs

    Nikos Alexopoulos

© Nikos Alexopoulos © Nikos Alexopoulos © Nikos Alexopoulos © Nikos Alexopoulos +13

Deltarchi | Dragonas Christopoulou Architects Design Urban Hut for Athens

01:00 - 25 December, 2014
© deltarchi | dragonas christopoulou architects
© deltarchi | dragonas christopoulou architects

Curated by Apostolis Artinos, the exhibit "The Minimum Structure" features a design for an urban hut by deltarchi | dragonas christopoulou architects. Citing the mid-19th century desire to escape the city, manifest in examples such as Martin Heidegger's hütte, Le Corbusier's cabanon and Michelangelo Antonioni’s “L’avventura,” the firm has designed a structure to provide a spare space for meditation and peace among Athenian rooftops.

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Visitors Center of the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center / Agis Mourelatos + Spiros Yiotakis

01:00 - 22 October, 2014
© Yorgis Yerolymbos – SNFCC SA
© Yorgis Yerolymbos – SNFCC SA
  • Architects

    Agis Mourelatos, Spiros Yiotakis
  • Location

    Athens, Greece
  • Architectural Design

    Agis Mourelatos, Spiros Yiotakis
  • Architectural Consultants

    Betaplan
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

    Yorgis Yerolymbos – SNFCC SA

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Paradox House / Klab Architecture

01:00 - 12 October, 2014
© Panos Kokkinias
© Panos Kokkinias

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Barcelona Wins Bloomberg 2014 Mayors Challenge

00:00 - 26 September, 2014
© Flickr CC User Andrew Zen
© Flickr CC User Andrew Zen

Bloomberg Philanthropies has awarded its 2014 Mayors Challenge to Barcelona, selecting its plan to deal with the problems of an ageing population over the proposals of 20 other European cities shortlisted earlier this year. The award, developed to promote the most creative and transferable solutions to intractable social problems such as public health, unemployment and transportation, carries a €5 million prize for Barcelona to put toward implementing the plan. In addition, four runners-up - Athens, Kirklees, Stockholm and Warsaw - will also receive €1 million each for their own plans.

"To meet the biggest challenges of the 21st century, city leaders must think creatively and be unafraid to try new things – and the Mayors Challenge is designed to help them do that," said Michael Bloomberg, former mayor of New York City and founder of Bloomberg Philanthropies.

Read on after the break to learn more about the proposals of Barcelona and the four runners-up

AA Athens Visiting School 2014: Students Challenge the Static Built Environment with “Kinetic Haze”

01:00 - 20 September, 2014
Overview of the Interactive/Kinetic Archetype. Image © Alice Mangoyan
Overview of the Interactive/Kinetic Archetype. Image © Alice Mangoyan

The Architectural Association Visiting School in Athens, as part of the AI research agenda, has continued its investigations to challenge the static built environment with its 2014 installation entitled Kinetic Haze. The project investigates the possibilities of architectural modeling via scripting, digital fabrication, and large scale installations.

This year's investigation follows the theme of the previous year’s work entitled Cipher City: Recharged, in which the creation of complex form-making systems resulted in the discovery of interactive design patterns. Following their discoveries in 2013, students in this year’s program further investigated kinetic and interactive architecture in their new study entitled Revolutions. After a series of design ideas were developed by smaller groups of students, the teams collaborated to create the final prototype Kinetic Haze in less than five days. Read on after the break to learn more about the project. 

The Kindergarten of the German School of Athens / Potiropoulos D+L Architects

01:00 - 10 August, 2014
© Charalambos Louizidis
© Charalambos Louizidis

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Pitulka Eatery / Triopton Architects

01:00 - 30 July, 2014
© Dimitris Kleanthis
© Dimitris Kleanthis

© Dimitris Kleanthis © Dimitris Kleanthis © Dimitris Kleanthis © Dimitris Kleanthis +18

Big Smile Project / Schema Architecture & Engineering

01:00 - 18 May, 2014
© Nikos Alexopoulos
© Nikos Alexopoulos

© Nikos Alexopoulos © Nikos Alexopoulos © Nikos Alexopoulos © Nikos Alexopoulos +21

House in Chalandri / MOB architects

01:00 - 8 April, 2014
© Nikos Daniilidis
© Nikos Daniilidis

© Nikos Daniilidis © Nikos Daniilidis © Nikos Daniilidis © Nikos Daniilidis +14