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Re-think Athens: a city center for people

The results of the European Architectural Competition ‘RE-THINK ATHENS -TOWARDS A NEW CITY CENTRE', organized and funded by the Onassis Foundation, where announced on February 27th.

Dutch landscape architects OKRA is the competition's winner, in collaboration with Mixst urbanism and Wageningen University. The team is supported by the Greek Architects of Studio 75 and Werner Sobek Green Technologies.

The “Re-think-Athens” is a multifaceted intervention project for the creation of a new city centre, centered centered on Panepistimiou Street, extending from Amalias Avenue to Patission Street and ending at a brand new Omonoia Square. Looking for sustainable mobility, the project includes the extension of the tram line and allows for the roadside circulation of private cars and public means of transportation, while the centre exceptionally pedestrian and bicycle friendly.

This project aims to:
  • Make the city centre a destination for people instead of a traffic area for automobiles
  • Functionally, aesthetically and environmentally upgrade the city centre
  • Reinforce the commercial, administrative and financial activities of the city
  • Re-inhabit the city centre
  • Highlight the historical and cultural profile of the capital
  • Offer quality of life to all citizens.

The project 'Rethink Athens' will be funded with European funds designed for the support of European cities and their incorporation into networks and cultural galaxies, and will be completed by 2015.
The 71 proposals submitted to the competition are presented at the Onassis Cultural Centre, from February 28th to March 6th, 2013.