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02/17 ATHENS: FORMAL/SPONTANEOUS

At the Edge of the Neighbourhood, the Asyrmatos Settlement, 1923-1963

Zografia Karekou

 
A walk in the neighbourhood of Ano Petralona brings to mind memories of an informal organisation of the urban environment in the centre of Athens, generated in a situation of immediate need. The zone which lies between Tröon St and the Philopappus hill is marked today by the powerful landmarks of modern Greek architecture borne by the post-War encounters between vernacular art and the Modern Movement: the stone-built houses and the social apartment blocks of Asyrmatos. In the early part of the twentieth century,
it was the place where 800 families from Attaleia settled in non-approved constructions and lived in a sui generis structure of social and urban organisation of a city within a city. 

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