The Athenian Walk and the Historic Site of Athens (English language edition)
Distributed by University of Exeter Press.
The book is a chronicle of visits made to the Acropolis by Greeks and foreigners in the 19th and 20th century, and investigates various subjects: How did successive generations of Greek and foreign visitors experience the shrine of the Acropolis? What course did they follow on their way to the monuments? And how far did they respect the ancient access routes? How was the new "Athenian Walk" created, fulfilling an urban-design vision born at the same time as modern Athens in 1833?
The book is written in an elegant yet readily understood style, embellished with rare drawings and photographs, reminding us that in life, as in art, the "journey is the end".
English language edition. 218 colour illustrations.
C O N T E N T S
THE HISTORIC SITE OF ATHENS
THE CULTURAL-ARCHAEOLOGICAL AREA OF ATHENS
THE CENTRAL AREA AROUND THE ACROPOLIS IN THE 19th CENTURY
DESTINIES OF THE HISTORIC LANDSCAPE
MODERN BUILDING ACTIVITIES
THOMAS MAWSON’S PLAN (1914-1919
CONSTANTIN BIRIS’ PLAN (1946)
AGORA EXCAVATIONS AND LANDSCAPING
THE “PLAKA” DISTRICT. ATHENS OLD TOWN
THE PHOTIADIS’ GROUP PROPOSALS (1979)
THE PRESENT SITUATION IN THE HISTORIC AREA
FUTURE PERSPECTIVES. THE CREATION OF THE CULTURAL-ARCHAEOLOGICAL PARK
AN OUTLINE OF THE SECTORS OF THE CULTURAL-ARCHAEOLOGICAL AREA
THE ACROPOLIS APPROACH. A HISTORIC RETROSPECT
A VIRTUAL DIALOGUE BETWEEN THE ACROPOLIS AND THE CITY
THE APPROACH TO THE ACROPOLIS FROM THE CITY. A BRIEF HISTORY
THE APPROACH TO THE MONUMENTS FROM NEARBY.
THE WORK OF DIMITRIS PIKIONIS (1954-1957)
THE ATHENIAN WALK
A “LASTING POSSESSION” OF THE CITY
NEW MONUMENTAL ACCESS TO THE ACROPOLIS
THE ATHENIAN WALK. MAIN ISSUES
THE ATHENIAN WALK. AN ITINERARY
THE ATHENIAN WALK. PLANNING, EXECUTION, GENERAL CONSIDERATIONS:
An exploratory discussion
THE HISTORIC SPACE EXPERIENCE
THE VISIT TO ATHENS AND THE ACROPOLIS IN THE PAST
THE CULTURAL EXPERIENCE IN THE HISTORIC SETTING OF ATHENS TODAY
BEHAVIOURAL PATTERNS IN THE HISTORIC AREA
THE ACROPOLIS EXPERIENCE. MEANING AND MODALITIES
ALEXANDROS PAPAGEORGIOU-VENETAS - Architect and Historian of Urban Design,
Professor in the University of Leuven in Belgium
215 color illus.