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Athina Kyrgeorgiou

Athina Kyrgeorgiou graduated from National Technical University of Athens, Greece as a Civil Engineer with a specialization in Transportation Planning and Engineering. She currently lives in Athens, Greece and is always eager to learn about sustainable ideas and solutions for a better life in her city. A part of her research has been the impact of day-lighting patients’ rooms, which provided her the possibility to research further into bio-climatic design of buildings. She aims to continue her studies with a Master’s degree in transportation and sustainable development. Her blogs covered environmental issues and urban planning occurring in Athens, but also generally in Greece, trying to analyse them from an engineering point-of-view.

Farewell From Athina Kyrgeorgiou

by Athina Kyrgeorgiou

I started writing for Global Site Plans and The Grid in October 2012 and I can’t believe how fast time has passed by. I was reading The Grid posts on social media and I always thought that it was a very well organised... Read article

Are Daylight Conditions of Hospitals Important in the Design Process?

by Athina Kyrgeorgiou

When we wake up in the morning and the weather is sunny and warm, don’t we feel more happy and eager to go out and face everyday life? Imagine a patient that stays in a hospital room for many days. If they wake up in... Read article

The Effects of Transport on Hospital Design and Location

by Athina Kyrgeorgiou

Easy access to a hospital is vital to a good hospital design. When we say "easy access," we are referring to the ease with which cars and ambulances can access a hospital, especially considering emergency situations. Is ... Read article

How the Micro-Climate of Athens is Changing Everyday Life

by Athina Kyrgeorgiou

The urban environment today is certainly different from what it used to be. City expansion, increased populations in urban centers, and CO2 accumulation are some of the reasons for so-called micro-climates. Greek citi... Read article

Car Sharing in Athens, Greece: How University Students Benefit

by Athina Kyrgeorgiou

Carpooling became more popular in Athens, Greece due to frequent public transportation strikes in recent years. For example, on January 17, 2013 metro workers went on strike, which continued for over a week. On some ... Read article

A New Page in the Book of Greek Railways?

by Athina Kyrgeorgiou

As Greece faces an economic recession, the country’s creditors have asked the government to move ahead with the privatization of major companies. It is believed that this process will offer the country economic sus... Read article

Making Athens, Greece Bike-Friendly

by Athina Kyrgeorgiou

I live in Athens, Greece. For the last two years there has been a big increase of people traveling by bike in the city. It seems that the economic crisis, which began in 2010, has a positive effect, at least for the e... Read article

The Current Situation and Future Prospects of Olympic Property in Athens, Greece

by Athina Kyrgeorgiou

When a city is selected to host the Olympic and Paralympic Games, it undertakes a great responsibility to accommodate athletes and their teams, as well as thousands of people at appropriate infrastructures. Athens,... Read article

Review of “The BLDGBLOG BOOK: Redesigning the Sky”

by Athina Kyrgeorgiou

The BLDGBLOG Book by Geoff Manaugh introduces us to speculation about future architecture and how the present built environment will eventually change. From the first page of the book, the reader gets an idea of what... Read article

Is There Enough Green Space for Everyone? What About Athens, Greece?

by Athina Kyrgeorgiou

Is it possible for people to connect with nature while living in urban environments? Especially in big cities with poor access green spaces? Here are a few examples of percentages of green space per resident, in a... Read article

Intelligent Systems of Urban, Interurban, and Freight Transport in Greece

by Athina Kyrgeorgiou

In Thessaloniki, Northern Greece, on May 24 2012, the Hellenic Institute of Transport (HIT), the Greek Center for Research and Technology along with the municipality of Thessaloniki, and the Hellenic Institute of Tra... Read article

A City Center for the People: Athens, Greece

by Athina Kyrgeorgiou

“Rethink Athens” is a project organized and funded by the “Onassis Foundation” whose objective is to improve the everyday life of Athenian citizens, by transforming the center of the Greek capital. “Rethink Athens”... Read article

“Endangered Species” in Urban Surroundings?

by Athina Kyrgeorgiou

Apparently there are endangered species in our urban environments, although it may be difficult to realize. How often, when we are getting around a city, with its pollution, noise, and traffic congestion, do we see somet... Read article