Pantoleon Skayannis



In the current economic crisis, cities face significant problems and planners strive for  solutions. Athens, especially its Centre, faces immense problems both because of the crisis and of a series of local problems that to a great extend are related to its planning historical background. The planning of the Athens area has a long and troublesome  tradition and has resulted in a very dense and problematic city with uncontrollable, partly  unauthorized, sub-urbanization and severe social problems in the Centre. The traditional way planning took place, i.e. physical planning, has been proven to be inadequate to face  the rapidly accumulating problems. This crisis has become a trigger for deeper consideration of the social problems of the city as especially (and spatially) expressed in  the Centre. The paper goes through the various historical stages and milestones of the planning of the city progressively focusing on the current problematic, to finally raise the  question on the path that the planning of the cty should follow in the context of today’s  challenges.


Athens; spatial physical planning; regulatory master plans; economic crisis; city center

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