Archive for the 'αριστείδης αντονάς' Category

Η φύσις ως Τεχνική

September 22, 2012

The concept of a “constructed nature” as a leading concept concerning modern greece and its recent history; the example of the architect Dimitris Pikionis and his idea about the historicized athenian landscape. Text in Greek, first published in the review Εν Βόλω, Volos, Greece, 2008. pikionis en volo


H κατασκευή του Κενού

September 17, 2012

Aristide Antonas, H ΑΘΗΝΑ ΚΑΙ ΤΟ ΚΕΝΟ, text in greek about the city of Athens and its conceptual structure as the capital of modern greece.


September 5, 2012

The concept of Urban Protocol names a strategy concerning the condition of Athens today. It would serve as an experimental pseudo-methodology that faces the condition of the city. The Urban Protocols are meant to introduce legal temporary occupancies of the abandoned city center that will be accepted and controlled by a municipal authority; the purpose of an Urban Protocol would be to establish cluster-like mikro-legislative constructions with communal functions. Urban Protocols are formed as systems of rules. Using a video game terminology we may say that the Urban Protocols are “play-tested” in the city, performed and improved via Internet. The system of rules they represent could be transformed and re-established easily.

A first example of Urban Protocol was proposed with the “Athens Terraces” project. The major part of this protocol was consisted by the legislative unification of the terraces of typical Athenian blocks; an existing, typical athenian block’s terrace is now divided to the number of buildings that form it. The protocol of a unified block would construct the communal representation of a unified legislative entity, the field of the block’s terraces. This unification may extend to other neighboring blocks or can be repeated elsewhere in the city. The unification can also be enriched by a covering system of sophisticated canopies. The project proposed a reuse of the existing metallic grids of the city for its cover. It can also include photovoltaic surfaces that could produce electricity for common use of the block’s inhabitants.

A second example of Urban Protocol was proposed by the Antonas office with the “Urban Hall” project. An area of the city was announced as open to a systematic change of function. The municipal authority or a selected voted board would be responsible for the programmatic change of function. A division of time makes here possible a the coexistence of different functions in the same space. The “Urban Hall” can become an open air public hospital for a month or program a music scene or a theater space depending to the decisions of its board.

The Urban Protocol challenges the relation between the city and the Internet; the concept of user would function better for its performance than the one of citizen. Nevertheless its most sophisticated part would have to deal with the relation between user and citizen. Its most challenging legislative part is ruled by the relationship between the Internet and the state; the Internet is understood as the quick functional basis for the formation, installation and function of an Urban Protocol.

Why could a city like Athens needs Urban Protocols in order to enter a phase of a new function? Scarcity made obvious that alternative initiatives were more welcomed than any bureaucratically conceived systematic action in the city. Nevertheless the initiatives cannot form a frame for a city change. The Urban Protocol would be the name of legislative schematization of urban initiatives. It function as an invitation to think the city in a different scale within the relation between a crucial municipality board and a power given to Internet users in order to operate in the city field.

The concepts of “provisional”, “improvisational”, “guerrilla”, “unsolicited”, “temporary”, “informal”, “DIY”, “unplanned”, “participatory”, “open-source”, used abundantly in Athens during the last years do not only name a trend of not canonical architecture. Architecture seems to propose its own end if we forget its power to produce programs. An uninteresting lessez-faire will be the result of such an idealization of the free initiative. A city was conceived as a system of coexistence and its legislative system is already old. The Urban protocol could be first and foremost the call for a new legislative phase for the city of the future. Athens is only a good example. ΑΑ

atopic interiors

October 8, 2010

atopic interiors is a text published in Torino, presented in a Milano Politecnico congress, concerning new modes of understanding the Interior Worlds within which we live today. An infrastructure may be seen as an interior, and the communities that are hosted in it would already perform a different invisible urbanism.

interview / venice biennale 2008

September 22, 2008
Interview for the catalog of the Greek participation in the 11th Architecture Biennale of Venice, Out There; Architecture beyond building.

the decision and the gap

July 26, 2008

the decision and the gap

Text on the idea of decision and art through the concept of the archive, published in NeMe. First  published in Greek in 2006.

error and recovery

February 3, 2008

on the work of dimitris and suzana antonakakis

article on the work of Dimitris and Suzana Antonakakis published in the review Nordic Architecture.

art and the archive

December 24, 2007

 magazine cover

nature morte politique

text in Greek on art and the condition of the archive after the Vangelis Vlahos’ show “1992”, march 2007. First pubished in the athens contemporary art review, No 12, april 2007. Find a first english translation here.

The amphitheater house

October 31, 2007

the amphitheater houseA text in greek reporting some of this house’s thoughts. The house is described by drawings and photos here. It is presented in the Greek Biennale of architecture, Hellenic Institute of Architecture, Athens, Benaki museum, Pireos street, December 15 – January 20, 2007.

amphitheater house’s text [ in greek ]

land graphs

September 22, 2007

Land graphs: the country house observed on its field. Text published in the architectural review Architektonika Themata, No 35, 2001.