Monumental Athens Urban articulates an integrated vision of art and architecture, an arc connecting the arts and the sciences, inclusive of world renown architects and designers which have lent their perspectives to the city from AS|Architecture, Mario Botta Architetto, Santiago Calatrava, the Campana Brothers, Walter Gropius, Kokkinou|Kourkoulas, Christian Hubert Studio, SPARCH, A.N. Tombazis & Associates to Bernard Tschumi Architects and ...
Monumental Athens Urban articulates an integrated vision of art and architecture, an arc connecting the arts and the sciences, inclusive of world renown architects and designers which have lent their perspectives to the city from AS|Architecture, Mario Botta Architetto, Santiago Calatrava, the Campana Brothers, Walter Gropius, Kokkinou|Kourkoulas, Christian Hubert Studio, SPARCH, A.N. Tombazis & Associates to Bernard Tschumi Architects and more.
G.F. Zaimis’ architectural, photographic vision portrays architecture and urban design from the ‘warp and woof’ of Athens’ sprawl with a Preface statement by the author and photographer, an Introduction from Ole Bouman and Forewords by Alexandros N. Tombazis and Stephanos Papadopoulos.
The book includes a selection of autonomous statements from visionaries and urbanists Tadao Ando, Aaron Betsky|Cincinnati Art Museum, Minsuk Cho|Mass Studies, Elizabeth Diller|DS+R, Craig Dykers|SNØHETTA, Zaha Hadid, Rem Koolhaas|OMA, I.M. Pei, Renzo Piano, Kazuyo Sejima to mention a few which reference architecture’s time and timelessness.
The author intertwines architecture’s past with its present by alluding to Athens’ monumental, ancient prototypes, philosophy and history while presenting the contemporary. The book is dedicated to the people of Japan who lost loved ones, homes and cities during the 2011 earthquake and tsunami. The hope is architecture can and will rebuild lives, cities and the future for a better tomorrow.
Monumental Athens Urban is the first in the Monumental series.
G.F. Zaimis (US) is a contributor to the contemporary arts, literary arts & architecture. She is a writer, editor, photographer, concept architect and philhellene who integrates a multi-disciplinary approach that integrates architecture with the arts, comparative literature, contemporary modernisms, history, philosophy and new media. Her vision blurs the boundaries of art and architecture, the nature of shape and form from minimal to monumental and abstract to literal. Her work has been presented at centers for contemporary art, biennials and museums. Her writing has been honored and published in reviews and journals including VOLUME = a synergy of ARCHIS Foundation + Columbia University’s C-Lab + OMA’s Research Studio | AMO. She is the author of Excavated Athens to Alexandria (poetry) and architect of The Portico Convention (poetics).
About the Contributors
Ole Bouman (The Netherlands) is contemporary architecture’s ambassador, curator and author of international architecture, urbanism and design. He is the newly appointed Creative Director of The 5th Urbanism\Architecture Bi-City Biennale Shenzhen. He is formerly the Director of the Netherlands Architecture Institute (NAi) and Archis Foundation. He is based in Amsterdam.
Alexandros N. Tombazis (Greece) is an architect, photographer and author. His work has been awarded internationally and received multiple distinctions inclusive of Fatima – Church of the Most Holy Trinity in Portugal. He is an honorary Fellow of The American Institute of Architects and recipient of an honorary PhD. from The Aristotle University. He is based in Athens.
Stephanos Papadopoulos (US) is a poet, translator and author of three collections of poetry, The Black Sea, Hôtel-Dieu and Lost Days whose work attracted the attention of Nobel Poet, Derek Walcott. His writing has appeared in The New Republic, The Yale Review, Poetry Review and various anthologies. He is a Civitella Ranieri Fellow (2011).