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Chris Christou

Farewell to The Grid, from Chris Christou in Athens, Greece

by Chris Christou

My journey with The Grid started on the streets of Athens in February 2014, on an unexpectedly sunny day in-between a gloomy and rainy week. I had in front of me, six months to explore the Athenian urban and suburban... Read article

Glass Buildings, A Past Perfect Trend in Athens, Greece

by Chris Christou

From rural to urban, and from marble to glass, the history of the contemporary city of Athens has been vigorous, exciting and sometimes contradictory. While the last marbles of the Acropolis are looking at Athens from ab... Read article

Navarinou & Plato’s Academy Parks: Communities Create Public Space in Athens

by Chris Christou

Currently, in the city of Athens, Greece, there are various initiatives lead by local groups and community members, taking action to improve city life by any means necessary. Is it possible that these activities could br... Read article

Athenians Continue to Fight for a Bike Lane Network

by Chris Christou

In Athens, Greece, cyclists raise their voices for their safety and rights. Authorities return that there is no room in Athens for bicycles. But it's more correct to say that “there is no more room for cars in Athens - a... Read article

Former Hellenico Airport : Checking-in at an Open Space in Athens, Greece

by Chris Christou

Almost fifteen years have passed since the last commercial flight departed from Hellenico International Airport in Athens, Greece. Covering six hundred hectares, there is abandoned infrastructure, leftover auxiliary faci... Read article

Is Athens, Greece, a Hotbed or a Dead End for Running Enthusiasts?

by Chris Christou

Signifying the finish line of the prestigious Classical Marathon race, Athens, Greece, still struggles to be identified as a runner friendly city. So what are the conditions missing to keep the running enthusiasts ... ru... Read article

The Extraordinary Character of Former Refugee Houses in Athens, Greece

by Chris Christou

As distinctive examples of Modern architecture, the former refugee houses in Athens can be described as the prelude to the city’s contemporary urban development. Although they have earned a place in Modern Greek history,... Read article

Athens to its Combat Heat Island Effect with a City of Green Roofs?

by Chris Christou

With over three thousand hours of sunshine per year, Athens, and Greece in general, is blessed with the gift of sun. And as a result, solar heaters rule the cityscape. Establishing their presence in the 1970s, solar he... Read article

Ten Years After the Athens Olympics: A Review

by Chris Christou

Long story short, Athens 2004 Olympic venues are for sale. In March 2014, Hellenic Republic Assets Development Fund (ADF) acquired several new properties; among those the Olympic Equestrian Centre, the Olympic Rowing Cen... Read article

Protestors in Athens Take to the Streets as Landfill Development Continues

by Chris Christou

With what criteria should we evaluate which places make perfect wastelands? Should we continue burdening an already polluted area or should we create new sites of pollution? There is not a more igniting local issue than ... Read article

Visual Pollution in the City of Athens, Greece: Escaping this Aesthetic Prison

by Chris Christou

Visiting Athens, Greece, you will hear that the city looks pretty in August or during popular holidays, while half the population is away on vacations. Obviously less people equals less noise and traffic, but is this rea... Read article

Rethink Athens Initiative: Is this the Right Way Towards a New City Centre?

by Chris Christou

No trees, high temperatures during the summer, noisy, congested and often cramped with protests - the centre of the Greek capital has become a place to avoid at all costs. Re-think Athens, the Onassis Foundation Init... Read article

Kifissos & Ilissos Rivers: A Tale of Two Rivers in Athens, Greece

by Chris Christou

Imagine how different Athens, Greece would be, if there was a river, or two, complementing the urban environment. “But there is one!” some might say, there is Kifissos River, even though it may not be like the River Tham... Read article

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