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dc.contributor.authorKalantidou, Eleni
dc.description.abstractAthens is full of contradictions; it is formed by incoherence, an anarchic way of doing things and a constant negotiation between communal life and personal survival. This paper focusses on Athens’ fate by exploring the recent history and current state of its historic centre, a space designated as a cultural heritage site that has survived the test of time but is currently facing a multitude of challenges. Five sub-areas and their physical and social transformation are investigated based on bibliographical information including studies and legal frameworks, depicting the impact of gentrification and the hybrid neighborhoods generated by it, while issues of extreme austerity, inconsistent governance, immigrant influx and sprouting forms of resilience are also discussed. The closing part of the paper is dedicated to suggestions for an urban autopoiesis, a condition with the potential to enable the residents of the historic centre to develop their own functional mechanisms of living and well-being and achieve social resilience so as to redirect its doomed prospects. This illustrates one possible scenario out of a few presented in this section regarding Athens’ destiny and its impact on the rest of the world.
dc.publisherPalgrave Macmillan
dc.relation.ispartofjournalUrban Design International
dc.subject.fieldofresearchUrban and Regional Planning not elsewhere classified
dc.subject.fieldofresearchUrban and Regional Planning
dc.titleThe historic centre of Athens: a tale of decomposition and resilience
dc.typeJournal article
dc.type.descriptionC1 - Articles
dc.type.codeC - Journal Articles
gro.facultyArts, Education & Law Group, Queensland College of Art
gro.description.notepublicThis publication has been entered into Griffith Research Online as an Advanced Online Version.
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gro.griffith.authorKalantidou, Eleni

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