Chaos and Culture [Athens]
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The suspenseful story of how a proposed cultural center in Athens, designed by Renzo Piano to house a national library and opera house, was endangered by the recent collapse of the Greek economy. This book weaves a fascinating narrative of how a philanthropist and an extraordinary design team became convinced that architecture could serve as a beacon of hope amid Greece’s economic crisis and political upheaval. This study further situates the project within the modern history of Athens, beginning with Greece’s independence in 1832, and reaches back much earlier to describe two-thousand-year old cemeteries unearthed on the site. The author documents the decade-long process leading to the successful construction of the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center. With meticulous methodology of primary research, interviews with designers, and descriptions of historic context, as well as aerial views by the photographer Iwan Baan that are among the 200 photographs and drawings.
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