In February 1966, at the City Hall of Athens, the first public debate on a controversial urban issue took place, an unprecedented process for that era. Its theme was the concern over the future of the old city, the so-called Plaka.
The two conflicting perspectives that had emerged –preservation and protection of the historic district or expropriation and demolition, so that excavations could be carried out– were uncompromising. Athenian intellectuals, urban planners, archaeologists, aesthetics, as well as the inhabitants of the area presented their different opinions.
The acclaimed scholar on the urban development of Athens, Professor Alexandros Papageorgiou-Venetas, architect and urban planner, brings to light for the first time the extensive unpublished conference proceedings of that historical debate where he himself participated as a delegate, together with an introduction, comments and rare iconographic material. A forgotten confrontation and consultation are thus presented, that took place in a key moment of Plaka’s history, a decade before the successful rescue operation of the area, offering us an exploration of the identity but also unique entity of Athens.
Weight 550 g Dimensions 17,2 × 24,5 cm Binding Language
Pages 224 Images 31 Drawings