Register: OCT/09/2017, Submit: OCT/09/2017, Eligibility: Young professionals up to the age of 40, architects, environmental engineers, facade engineers, artists, architecture students in the final year of studies, Fee: Free, Awards: 1st Prize 4,000 EUR, 2nd Prize 2,000 EUR, 3rd Prize 1,500 EUR, 6 Honorable Mentions
1. Looking at the contemporary Greek city from above, one gets the impression of a uniform, ashen layer, spreading over the landscape. There are two main reasons behind such uniformity: First, the limited variety of building typologies in different sizes, that could act as points of reference in the urban fabric: The Greek city is made, almost exclusively, of a singular building type – the polykatoikia. Second, the insistence on applying white mortar finishing on most facades, to the point of ubiquity: This choice is not unreasonable; mortar helps avoid overheating and is an economical solution.