Greek participation at the 13th International Architecture Exhibition -la Biennale di Venezia

August 29th – November 25th 2012, Greek Pavilion, Giardini di Castello, Venice -IT

Organized by the Hellenic Ministry of Environment, Energy and Climatic Change with the collaboration of the Consulate of Greece in Venice
Commissioners and Curators: Panos Dragonas, Anna Skiada
Exhibition design: Panos Dragonas, Anna Skiada, Varvara Christopoulou, Maria Bourdi, Maria Chassioti

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The Greek participation in the 13th International Architecture Exhibition sought to highlight the positive forces that have emerged during the crisis in Athens. It investigated links to the idiosyncratic Athenian urbanity, focusing on three themes: the modern tradition of the city through the evolution of the Athenian polykatoikia; the fragmentation of public space and the disputes over its use; and the development of new architectural narratives for Athens.

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The exhibition contained different means of architectural representation, such as architectural models, photographs, drawings, digital projections, as well as an audio - video installation that was produced especially for the show. The whole installation was designed in collaboration with the main groups of participants. The exhibition structure was conceived as a three-dimensional mosaic with references to the irregular urban morphology of the Athenian blocks. The installation attempted to provoke interaction between the participations, searching for common references, affinities or even conflicts. This form of presentation has sought to assemble the individual tesserae into a collective work, highlighting the importance of a common Athenian ground.

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Construction: Gavriil Michalis. Production: LTH advertising. Design of printed material: Ioanna Kostika.
Photos: Charalambos Louizidis, Aikaterini Niki Glinou.

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Participants: Andreas Angelidakis, ANTONAS Office, Aesopos Architecture, AREA Architecture Research Athens, buerger katsota architects, decaARCHITECTURE, draftworks*, Point Supreme Architects. D. & S. Antonakakis, T. Argyropoulos & C. Decavallas, Atelier Bow-Wow, I. Bertaki / C. Loukopoulou / C. Paniyiris, BIG, Boyd Cody Architects, Divercity, doxiadis+, P. Dragonas & V. Christopoulou, D. Fatouros, FORA, C. Gkikas & E. Filtsou, ISV Architects, Klab Architecture, K. Krokos, ksestudio, N. Ktenas, Μ. Nikoloutsou & M. Filippidis, E. Scroumbelos, Solid Objectives, D. Sotovikis / A. Sotovikis / C. Batziou, tense architecture network, N. Valsamakis, I. Vikelas, Τ. Ch. Zenetos. Charalambos Louizidis & Aikaterini-Niki Glinou, Yiorgis Yerolymbos, Dimitris Michalakis, Angelos Frantzis, Nikos Triantafyllou, b.

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