Public Space and Local Democracy in Contemporary Athens
Semaine de la démocratie - Quinzaine de l'urbanisme
Urban public space as an object of analysis and a subject of action
is often posited to be a core symbol of the collective will. Greek
cities, beset by acute current problems but also shaped by long term
historical processes, are vibrant democratic spaces where citizens
deliberate the consequences of economic, political, social and
environmental crises. Greek public space has been revived as a lively
Agora, where critique expresses itself with vehemence, tinged with
bitterness but also often with a novel creative collective pathos.
At this public workshop, urban planners from leading architecture
schools presented recent innovative projects in the Athenian city
centre, focusing on the twin issues of public spaces and public
- Local democracy and public participation - Prof. Shalini Randeria, Albert Hirschman Centre on Democracy, The Graduate Institute
- Reactivating Athens, 101 Ideas - Alfredo Brillembourg, ETH, Zurich
- Désapprendre d'Athènes - Marc Armengaud and Steven Melemis, ENSAPM, Paris
Moderator: Panos Mantziaras, Director, Fondation Braillard, Geneva.
The panel discussion was followed at 18.30 by a Keynote lecture from Georges Prevelakis.
Organised by the Graduate Institute’s Albert Hirschman Centre on Democracy
and Fondation Braillard Architectes in the context of the Quinzaine de
l'urbanisme and of the Semaine de la démocratie promoted by the Canton