CULTURE

‘Facing Athens: The Facades of a Capital’

‘Facing Athens: The Facades of a Capital,’ is journalist Nikos Vatopoulos’s affectionate account of the fine houses in his hometown. Reviewed here on December 12, 2002, it is now available in an English translation by Mary Kitroeff.The author ranged Athens on foot with photographer Vassilis Makris, recording the wealth of attractive buildings that adorn a city more often reviled for its ugliness.The result is a tribute to 20th century urban residential architecture in Athens, in all its variety and charm.Superbly illustrated with photographs by Makris, this handsome volume from the publisher Potamos makes a perfect gift for oneself, or for others.