Hidden Athens
exhibition in the context of the subject Against form

The absence of designing with respect to the facades of the block of flats that have been created during the last 40 years in big urban centers such as Athens, has been quite conspicuous. This has led the inhabitant of the city to another kind of familiarisation with the facade by personally moulding it in essence, without actually realizing it, on the basis of his needs that spring from within. In other words, the facade in a public space is something that is moulded in close relation with the private one. In this way, the facades of the less central arteries of present-day mega-cities stand more as a reflection of the demands of the inhabitants derived from their personal private space, than their wishes for its public image. Quite often the inhabitant is used to “exposing” a part of his privacy into public view. The result is a rampant and disorderly reality originating from meeting needs that are quite irrevelant to the public space. The consolidation of this image in the subconscious of the observer prevents him from accepting the incongruity between the facade and what lies behind it.