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Behind the Accidentally Resilient Design of Athens Apartments

On first glance, a typical Athens polikatoikia doesn’t necessarily look like the answer to a host of urban issues.

Built quickly and on the cheap — mainly from the 1950s to the 1980s — these modernist apartment buildings (pronounced “Pol-i-kat-i-KEE-A”) line street after street in the…

  • Feargus O’Sullivan
  • Bloomberg

They may lack the elegance of Athens’ earlier neo-classical housing, but they have helped to create a city that is vibrant, socially integrated and (until recently) affordable, in which…

It’s probably fair to say, however, that the buildings have managed all this more or…

When the polikatoikias (the…

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