UNESCO adds Zagorochoria to World Heritage List

A cluster of traditional, picturesque villages on Mount Pindos in northwestern Greece, the Zagorochoria, has been inducted onto UNESCO’s World Heritage List, the World Heritage Committee has announced during its 45th session, in Riyadh.

Is Omonia about to become livable again?

A middle-aged German couple walk along Tritis Septemvriou Street towards Omonia Square. Strolling nonchalantly along, they talk and laugh in an animated manner, seeming to enjoy the hot Athenian sun. If the Omonia Square fountains weren’t in the way, they’d be able to see the Acropolis.

Plaudits for Archaeological Museum upgrade plans

The project to expand and upgrade the National Archaeological Museum in Athens claimed second spot in the international list of the 10 largest – based on budget – announced cultural projects, according to the Cultural Infrastructure Index.

Concrete daisies? There’s a fine for that

On a recent afternoon, Jo Farb Hernández, a Californian folklorist and curator, was admiring the bizarre structure that stood before her near Spain’s border with France.

A house that is as green as it gets

Eleven years ago, Sally Liu, a water-resources engineer, and her husband Bay Chang, then a senior research scientist for Google, bought a 0.84-acre lot for $2.675 million in suburban Hillsborough, California. Avid environmentalists in their mid-40s with two young sons, they set out to build something different from the neighborhood’s overblown mansions and closer to […]

Neglected Athenian landmark to be restored

The pavilion adjacent to the Church of Saint Demetrios Loumbardiaris on Philopappou Hill, designed by architect Dimitris Pikionis (1887-1968), has been transferred to the Municipality of Athens by the Greek Public Properties Company (ETAD) in order to protect and restore this neglected Athenian landmark.

Studies for restoration of Castle of Zakynthos completed

The Culture Ministry announced on Wednesday that the studies for the restoration works that will be carried out inside the Castle of Zakynthos to preserve and promote the buildings of the eras of Venetian and British rule have been approved by the Central Antiquities Council.

The tragedy of the commons

My family moved from the downtown Athens district of Kolonos to the southern suburb of Nea Smyrni in 1974 so we could be closer to our school, Leonteios. It was like moving to the countryside!

Dozens of public and private buildings in Athens to open doors to public

The Athenian version of Open House, an event that first started in London in 1992 to promote appreciation of architecture by the general public, will see a selection of public and private buildings that represent distinct styles and trends spanning different centuries opening their doors to anyone who would like to look around inside.

Making the National Archaeological Museum shine

It was selected by an international committee out of a total of 10 proposals by award-winning architectural offices and had become the subject of great anticipation and discussion, but finally the draft architectural plan for a major renovation and expansion of the National Archaeological Museum (NAM) in Athens was presented on […]

Historic technical school gets listed designation

The building of the Diplarios School in the under-redevelopment Theatrou Square in the heart of the historic district of Psyrri in central Athens has received a listed designation as a result of the mobilization of architectural bodies, but also a request by a company to change its use into a hotel, which was approved by the Environment Ministry.