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Monumenta in the neighbourhood of Kypseli - 10.3.08

In the area of Kipseli remain a significant number of buildings of the 20th century, especially those constructed during the decades 1920’s and 1930’s. The one, two and three storied neoclassical residences that were saved from the disaster which took place during the decades 1950, 1960 and 1970 and the buildings of the 1930’s that were constructed with the principles of the modern movement compose an oasis in this densely built quarter of Athens showing how priceless it is due to its historical, architectural and aesthetical value, but also due to its smaller and human volumes.

A lot of the buildings are abandoned, without any restoration and the condition of their preservation continuously worsens. Some of them have been characterized as listed monuments and others have not. A few of them, if they are not restored immediately, they will inevitably deteriorate. Obvious are also the changes done to those buildings by the owners themselves for their preservation and restoration.

For one more time the subject that is put is how to protect modern architectural heritage, especially the one of the 20th century. There aren’t any motives for the owners, protection policy does not exist for the architecture of the period. The demolitions of the buildings in Athens demonstrate that. MOnuMENTA starts an effort to inform and to make people sensitive for the architecture of Kipseli. Already it has registered buildings of Kipseli and it will present many of them in its website.

10/03/2008
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