- # Social
- # Economy
Closed shops, rows of empty basements & low-price apartments, degrading infrastructure, impoverished population and poor urban public space is the image of the center of Athens right now as a result of years of abandonment and a deepening crisis. What is to come is either a big gentrification wave or further degradation.
Given a broken State, beyond failed plans, the only alternative proposal seems to come from the people. The idea is about a community- neighborhood land bank that acquires cheap, empty properties and manages them collectively as a common resource with priority to the needs of residents, protecting them from real estate speculation. A new social contract is sought that would incentivize the synergies of citizens to produce urban space, to exchange land, labor & time while sharing common values and space.
As people practice urbanism, through co-housing & collective management of land, the city becomes a city again- a society’s collective plural work.