Rethink Athens European Architectural Competition

Sponsor: Onassis Foundation

Type: Open, Two stage, European

Fee: None

Eligibility: Liscensed Architects from EU countries


7 September, 2012 – First Stage submission deadline


First Stage:

Participants selected for 2nd stage of competition – € 25,000 honorarium each
“Utopian” Proposal Award – € 10,000
Up to 5 additional proposals (at discretion of Jury) – € 5,000 each

Second Stage:

Cash prizes totaling € 160,000
1st prize – 45%
2nd prize – 33%
3rd prize – 22%



First stage:
CHAIRMAN OF THE 1ST STAGE JURY: Anthony Vidler -Dean & Professor, The Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture, Cooper Union School of Architecture, New York City, USA
Eran Ben-Joseph – Professor of Landscape Architecture and Urban Planning Head, Joint Program in City Design and Development MIT, USA
Alfredo Brillemburg – Architect, Guest Professor at the Graduate School of Architecture & Planning at Columbia University, Co-founder of the Sustainable Living Urban Model Laboratory at Columbia University, USA
Yannis Evmolpidis – Urban Planner, Special advisor of the Mayor of Athens in urban planning and regeneration
Konstantinos Moraitis – Architect, Assoc. Professor at the School of Architecture, National Technical University of Athens, Greece
Marianna Moschou – Secretary of the Board, Onassis Foundation
Richard Plunz – Director, Urban Design Program, Professor at the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning & Preservation, Columbia University, USA
Charles Waldheim – John E. Irving Professor and Chair Department of Landscape Architecture Harvard University Graduate School of Design
Vana Xenou – Professor, Department of Architecture, Painting Workshop, NTUA, Greece

Design Challenge:

Purpose of the Competition is the selection of the Architect (Person or legal entity), that will undertake the design of the architectural public space for the creation of a New City Center in Athens along the axis of Panepistimiou Street. The objectives for the city center re-constitution, extending from Amalias Ave to Patission Ave, are the transformation of  the city center into a destination for the public  instead of a traffic area for motor vehicles, the functional, aesthetic and environmental upgrade of  the city center, the re-enhancement  of commercial, administrative and financial activities in the city,the repopulation of  the city center, the highlighting of the historical and cultural identity  of the capital, the improvement of quality of life for all citizens.

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