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Athens by Collage. The Representation of the Metropolis Between Realism, Intervention and Autonomy.
Since 2000, Athens has been through many significant urban transformations that have affected the way it is perceived and represented. Acknowledging these transitions, this book investigates how the Greek capital has been compared to a ‘collage’ in terms of the relation between its urban fragmentation and the subjective experience of the individual, and examines the ways in which artists and architects have used the technique of collage to represent this urban dimension.
A historical overview that compares urban studies with the production of images is conducted throughout three periods: the diffusion of realism as a new approach to look at the city during the economic growth trigged by the Olympic Games (2000-2008); the large production of urban proposals to face the difficult circumstances produced by the economic crisis (2008-2015); and the intellectual autonomy of collage to contest the status quo during the period of the austerity and the economic recovery (2015-2020).
The book aims to establish an alternative representation of the city that contests the official narrations built over the legacy of the Antiquity, the nostalgia for the city of the past and the city of the polykatoikia. It also seeks to overcome the usual construction practices that have been implemented to build the city until today, envisioning more radical, creative and contextualized strategies. Athens is thus presented like a city characterized by heterogeneity, relativism and plurality.