An architectural palimpsest: [re]writing crisis-ridden Athens

Konstantinos Avramidis

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Abstract

This article focuses on the Bank of Greece headquarters building in Athens, which has been a site of recurring political expression in contemporary crisis. It is based on a corpus of graffiti writings from the particular building gathered over the span of five years (2010–15), a rather politically dense period. Mapping the constant appearance, removal and reappearance of the writings through a series of architectural drawings, the aim of this article is to explore visual means of understanding graffiti as a palimpsestic phenomenon. The article is structured after the scale of the drawings – from the city scale, to the building and finally the surface – introducing an architectural method of reading and writing graffiti.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)243-262
Number of pages20
JournalJournal of Urban Cultural Studies
Volume7
Issue number2-3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sept 2020

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