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BUILDERS, HOUSEWIVES AND THE CONSTRUCTION OF MODERN ATHENS. Ioanna Theocharopoulou. Artifice Books on Architecture, London, 2017. 176 pp. with 154 col. ills. 22 x 17 cm. ISBN 9781908967879 In English.
Due date: January 2017. Publisher's description: Sprawling beneath the Acropolis, modern Athens is commonly viewed in negative terms: congested, ugly and monotonous. A Mediterranean version of informal urbanism prevalent throughout the so-called developing world, Builders, Housewives and the Construction of Modern Athens reassesses the explosive growth of postwar Athens through its most distinctive building type, the polykatoikia, a small-scale multi-storey apartment block (from poly meaning multiple and oikos meaning house . Theocharopoulou re-evaluates the polykatoikia as a low-tech, easily constructible innovation that stimulated the post-war urban economy, triggering the city's social mid-twentieth century transformation, enabling the migrants who poured into Athens to become urban citizens, aspiring to a modern life. The interiors of the polykatoikia apartments reflect a desire for modernity as marketed to housewives through film and magazines. Regular builders became unlikely allies in designing these polykatoikia interiors, enabling inhabitants to exert agency over their daily lives and the shape of the post-war city.
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Worldwide Number: 174197
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