15 July 2016

Panel discussion with local community at the opening of the ‘Unfinished Athens’ exhibition on 17 June 2016

On 17 June 2016, Dr Igea Troiani chaired a panel discussion with Greek architects, Katerina Zisimopoulou and Nicholas Anastasopoulos, and a recent Oxford Brookes University architecture graduate, Konstantinos Papadimitriou as part of the ‘Unfinished Athens’exhibition.

The exhibition showcased photography, film and the architectural designs of unfinished building stock in Athens created by Oxford Brookes architecture students for urban and social regeneration in the post-crisis period. It was the outcome of a year-long design research studio project which began in July 2014.

Over 60 people – academics, students and members of the local community – attended the opening night to discuss the future of these incomplete buildings as a real possibility. The exhibition ran from 17 to 26 June 2016 in the Spyropoulion Cultural Centre in Neo Psychiko in Athens.

This research is part of a larger research project being led by Dr Igea Troiani and Andrew Dawson on the relationship between unfinished building capital and architecture’s relationship to capitalism and social betterment. Their research has moved to study fringe ‘ghost urbanisations’ in Madrid in 2015-16 and will examine ‘Unfinished Cuba’ in 2016-17.