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Alkisti Eleni Victoratou

Alkisti Eleni Victoratou originates from Andros, a Cycladic island in Greece, and has lived and studied in Thessaloniki, England, Spain, and Athens-where she currently resides. She holds a B.A. in Economics from Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and in Architecture from the National Technical University of Athens. Having this multicultural and interdisciplinary background gives her a better understanding of socially sensitive urban issues. Her dissertation thesis in Architecture dealt with the study and assessment of the legislation relating to Bioclimatic Architecture in the European Mediterranean countries of France, Spain, and Greece. Her interests also extend to sustainable technologies and parametric design, contributing to building design and urbanism. During her internship with The Grid, she will concentrate on the most important top-down and bottom-up urban transformations of Athens during their current Crisis. Her aspirations are to further her academic and professional specializations in urban issues and sustainable design.

A Farewell to The Grid, From Alkisti-Eleni Victoratou

by Alkisti Eleni Victoratou

Participating in The Grid for the past year was a fascinating experience. A virtual internship in which I had to write and transmit news for one of the cities that I love most, Athens, Greece. Not only did this opportuni... Read article

Homelessness on the Rise: 13,500 Tenants Evicted in Greece

by Alkisti Eleni Victoratou

Athens and other major Greek cities, due to the economic crisis, are experiencing a sad mismatch between the increase of the overall homelessness and the rise of vacant buildings. Many middle- and lower- class people of ... Read article

Self-Made City: Collective Intelligence in Co-housing Projects from Berlin

by Alkisti Eleni Victoratou

In the past, participatory planning used to be regarded as an annoying factor in the already intricate procedures of urban planning. Fortunately, today participation seems to permeate through a variety of city projects. ... Read article

Mega-Projects Explosion at Faliron Delta in Attica, Greece

by Alkisti Eleni Victoratou

The construction of the largest public cultural complex in Greece is currently being developed at an unabated pace at the Southern coastline of Attica next to Faliron Delta. Personally, I don't remember a public project ... Read article

"Square Camps:" The Squares that Cultivate Democracy

by Alkisti Eleni Victoratou

Historically, cities worldwide have proven to be the epicenter of social movements. The economic crisis imposed on Greece since 2008 and its failed management by the Troika and the IMF since 2010 have increased the gener... Read article

Pop-up Initiatives in Athens, Greece Shed Light on Economic Crisis

by Alkisti Eleni Victoratou

A few weeks ago, I was invited to a party on the rooftop of a typical 1960s building in a block at the heart of Athens. I went to the party alone and met some good friends once I got there. However, there were so many pe... Read article

Greek Nationalist Party Chrisi Avgi Jeopardizing Public Spaces

by Alkisti Eleni Victoratou

We have become accustomed to pop-up interventions in the public realm that reveal the countless  innovative ways citizens  (sometimes along with architects or urban planners) can transform open spaces, even for short per... Read article

Micro Actions, Macro Changes: A Review for “Handmade Urbanism: From Community Initiatives to Participatory Model”

by Alkisti Eleni Victoratou

During the last few years, there has been a significant shift of interest towards grassroots interventions in the urban realm. A book like Handmade Urbanism: From Community Initiatives to Participatory Model is not just ... Read article

Greek Beaches and Coasts Heading Towards Privatization?

by Alkisti Eleni Victoratou

There is always a critical question that I pose to myself whenever a guest from other parts of Greece or abroad happens to visit me here in Athens. A full three-day tour can easily cover a visit to the Acropolis and the ... Read article

A Second Dive Into the World of Participatory Planning of Nabeel Hamdi

by Alkisti Eleni Victoratou

In The Placemaker's Guide to Building Community, the latest book by Nabeel Hamdi (2010), the reader continuously travels among practice and theory, bottom-up interventions and top-down policies, uncertainties and certain... Read article

Athens, Greece: Let’s Talk about the Future City

by Alkisti Eleni Victoratou

Within the frame of the ninth international conference for Intelligent Environments, preceded by a series of in-depth workshops that took place in the Greek capital amid summer, an intensive exchange of thoughts, visions... Read article

Greek Urban Competitions for the Welfare of the Many

by Alkisti Eleni Victoratou

In contrast to the plethora of public-private architectural and urban competitions concentrating on museums, opera houses, and prominent public spaces, during the last three years there has been a shift towards a range o... Read article

Cultivating Communities From the Bottom-up: Small Change by Nabeel Hamdi

by Alkisti Eleni Victoratou

Small Change, a 2004 book by Nabeel Hamdi, is a participatory design and place-making journey from the bottom-up. Through its pages the reader can witness the conception of a community and then follow its bit-by-bit em... Read article

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