Under Threat – Old Port Authority Building
By Alexis Syriopoulos, Patras, Greece, 1960s

Docomomo Greece alerted Docomomo International that the old building of the Port Authority of Patras, Greece, designed by Alexis Syriopoulos in the late 1960s is threatened by the new master plan of the port of Patras, as according to it the building is to be demolished. Designed by Alexis Syriopoulos, who was an architect, painter, and lecturer at the NTU Athens School of Architecture from 1987 to 1992, the old Port Authority building results from the 1st prize he awarded in a pan-Hellenic architectural competition. The City of Patras launched in 2019 a 2-stages national architectural competition for the redesign…

Under Threat: Dhaka University’s TSC building
By Constantinos Doxiadis, Dhaka, Bangladesh, 1960s

Docomomo International became aware by Docomomo Greece that Dhaka University’s TSC building, Dhaka, Bangladesh, designed by Constantinos Doxiadis in the early 1960s, is under threat due to a current proposal that means its demolition and replacement by a new multi-story structure. This is recently the second Modern Movement masterpiece in Dhaka that is under high risk to be demolished – also the Kamalapur Railway Station, designed by Daniel Dunham and Robert Boughey for Berger Consulting, 1961-1968 is in danger of being demolished (see heritage in danger). Unexpected by students, alumni, and residents of Dhaka, the historical Teacher-Student Centre (TSC) “-…

“The modern gaze to the ‘Greek’ nature”
Edited by Amalia Kotsaki and Kostas Tsiambaos, published by Futura, Athens, 2020

Docomomo International is pleased to announce the release of the 7th book of docomomo Greece titled The modern gaze to the “Greek” nature [Greek], edited by Amalia Kotsaki and Kostas Tsiambaos and published by Futura, Athens, 2020. “A considerable part of modern architecture in Greece had been developed in a natural environment having a special identity. Beyond its formal characteristics and aesthetic attributes, the Greek landscape had always been culturally and ideologically charged as various references and representations were formulated around it since early Modernity. Moreover, most attempts to render a definition of “greekness” in the early 20th century folllowed…

Xenia Hotel in Arta under threat
By Dionysis Zivas, Arta, Greece, 1958

Docomomo International became aware by Docomomo Greece that the Xenia hotel in Arta, an important modern site, is under threat. Xenia Hotel in Arta (1958) was designed by architect Dionysis Zivas (1928-2018), a Professor at NTU Athens’s School of Architecture since the 1970s, Dean of the School for many years, and a renowned scholar in the field of architectural heritage (Europa Nostra medal, Gottfried von Herder Preis etc.). The hotel was built inside the Byzantine fortress of the city, which then functioned as a prison. In addition to the small and discreet 40-bed hotel, the design included a new small…

The Future as a Project: Doxiadis in Skopje is now available in open access digital format
Edited by Kalliopi Amygdalou, Kostas Tsiambaos and Christos-Georgios Kritikos, published by Hellenic Institute of Architecture, 2018

“The Future as a Project: Doxiadis In Skopje” an edited book by Docomomo Greece is now available in an open access in digital format. It presents for the first time Doxiadis’ work in Skopje, which includes strategic plans for the city and a new outline for the master plan. In addition, it presents the work of Kenzo Tange for Skopje’s city centre, and showcases a series of modernist buildings authored by leading Yugoslavian architects that still stand in the city today. It finally comments on ‘Skopje 2014’ project and its ‘conflict’ with the modern heritage of the city. Edited by:…

Guidelines for submitting the 2019/2020 Homework
Chapters News

Dear Docomomo Chapters, Due to the exceptional circumstances of COVID-19, we are extending the deadline of June 1st to August 15th, 2020. A plan for new documentation homework has been approved in the last Council Meeting, August 30th, 2018 (Ljubljana, Slovenia), proposed by the ISC/Registers. With the aim of moving forward to the documentation of conservation good practices, Docomomo Working Parties (WP) have to submit: Working Parties that already have submitted 30 Documentation Fiches and uploaded 50 sites to MOMOVE: (a) 1 fiche for 2019 and 1 fiche for 2020, on an example of Good Conservation Practice. Download the template here: link, and here: link. (b) A bibliography with 5-10 publications (books or articles) on Modern Movement…

Do.co.mo.mo 06. The Return of the Modern. 25 Years Greek Docomomo
By Emilia Athanassiou, Lina Dima, and Tina Karali, Futura Books, Greece, 2018

Docomomo Greece is celebrating the 25th anniversary. In collaboration with the Archive of Neohellenic Architecture – Benaki Museum and the School of Architecture of the NTUA, edited by Emilia Athanassiou, Lina Dima and Tina Karali, Futura publisher has launched an issue in honour to this special occasion. Do.co.mo.mo 06. The return of the modern. 25 years Greek Docomomo Series “Modern notebooks” # 6 “The sixth volume of Modern Tetrades is dedicated to the 25th anniversary of the founding of Greek docomomo. It includes a series of essays highlighting buildings of Greek Modernism that have been better or worse in the passage of time and a series…