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L'autre crise d'Athènes. Quel centre pour demain ?

Abstract : In a larger context defined by various social and spatial trends, and in the more specific context of the recent economic crisis, Athens is being confronted with the same well-known problems that have faced other large European cities and capitals in the past. These problems concern not only the changing city centre (aging, depopulated), but also the challenge of organizing and managing a capital and metropolis overcome by events and circumstances that are very recent in its relatively short life. In Greece, where planning has been either near non-existent or very little used/applied, the current social and spatial situation mostly results from private-sector initiatives. This has given rise to an urban identity in Athens for which social, spatial, and functional mixed use is one of the main characteristics today. This mixed use seems to be losing ground in favour of a trend towards the gentrification of the historical centre and the growing prevalence of cultural, recreational, and tourism-related uses. That said, there is a noticeable persistence of certain types of occupations, like goldsmithery and silversmithery, that were traditionally located in the city centre. This is due to the particular characteristics of their work: their need for small workspaces, their organization in clusters, the horizontal and vertical division of their work, and their special relationship with Greek social life and markets. Research on these occupations and on the future centre or centres of Athens is seeking to broaden the reflection on the future of the city and its centre by means of fieldwork and case studies. The questions that need to be answered essentially concern the choice of attitudes towards the methods and processes for developing downtown Athens. Will minimal intervention in certain key spots be enough to engender a process of renewal that will preserve the ideal character of mixed urban use and diversity in the centre of the capital?
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Hélène Haniotou. L'autre crise d'Athènes. Quel centre pour demain ?. 1ère Conférence Intercontinentale d'Intelligence Territoriale "Interdisciplinarité dans l'aménagement et développement des territoires", Oct 2011, Gatineau, Canada. pp.11. ⟨halshs-00960434⟩



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