Posted in BROWNFIELDS, CITIES, HISTORY, LAM MAGAZINE, REUSE, tagged abandoned, Aegean Sea, airplanes, airport, Alex Ulam, Alimos, Antoinette Nassopoulos-Erickson, Argyroupolis, ASLA, Athens, Charles Anderson, Eero Saarinen, Europe, FASLA, Foster + Partners, Glyfada, graffiti, Greece, Greek, Harvard Graduate School of Design, Hellinikon, Hellinikon International Airport, international competition, Lamda Development, Mediterranean, Melendrez, mythology, National Garden, National Technical University of Athens, native, Olympic Sculpture Park, Olympics, Philippe Coignet, placemaking, repurpose, sustainable, Syriza, Thomas Doxiadis, top soil, University of Patras, urban, Weiss/Manfredi, Werk on March 24, 2016|
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BY ALEX ULAM
From Los Angeles, Charles Anderson, FASLA, tackles the site of a lifetime at the old Athens airport.
The Hellinikon, an enormous area on the outskirts of Athens, Greece, is testament to how rapidly man-made forms literally can go to seed. From a hillside overgrown with unruly purple bougainvillea, you can see hundreds of structures in various states of decay across a vast expanse that terminates at a highway along the Aegean Sea. Just below, clumps of scrub grass have thrust their way up between stadium seating overlooking a complex of structures that includes a series of moldering concrete ramps built for a 2004 Summer Olympics kayaking event.
Near the decaying Olympic venues are the sprawling remains of the former Hellinikon International Airport. These include the ghostly, white-columned terminal for international flights designed by Eero Saarinen. Today, this modernist interpretation of Greek temple architecture is fenced off, and through the broken windows under its porticos, you can see rubble. The concrete runways are cracked, and they have large puddles, oases for seagulls and packs of wild dogs. Security guards cruise around in unmarked cars; they are the only other people anyone is likely to find on the grounds. Next to the terminal is a row of jets, several with retractable stairs attached. At first they look as though (more…)
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Posted in HOUSE CALL, LAM MAGAZINE, PARKS, PLANNING, tagged Athens, Atlanta, Bayou Greenway Initiative Plan, Canada, DTAH, Georgia, Greece, Hellinikon, Houston, Hudson River, Little Mulberry Park, Long Dock Park, March, New York, promenade, Queens Quay Boulevard, Reed Hilderbrand, Savino & Miller Design Studio, state, SWA Group, Texas, Toronto, urban park, West 8, What's New on March 1, 2016|
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The March LAM focuses on Charles Anderson, FASLA, and the long and winding road to redesign Hellinikon, an abandoned airport in Athens, into what would be one of the largest urban parks in Europe; the transformation of Long Dock Park in Beacon, NY, from a derelict property on the Hudson River into an amenity for local residents, by Reed Hilderbrand; and Queens Quay Boulevard, by West 8 in collaboration with DTAH, turns a stretch of the Toronto lakefront into a multitransit, public promenade that connects the city to Lake Ontario.
In Planning, a plan for the Bayou Greenway Initiative by SWA Group weaves a network of new and existing green corridors in Houston. In Parks, a new park in one of the most diverse counties in the South responds to multiple wants through passive recreation. And in House Call, Savino & Miller Design Studio reimagines a small side yard into a lush jungle retreat. And don’t miss our regular Now, Species, Goods, and Books columns. The full table of contents for March can be found here.
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Keep an eye out here on the blog, on the LAM Facebook page, and on our Twitter feed (@landarchmag), as we’ll be ungating March articles as the month rolls out.
Credits: “Greek Revival,” Alex Ulam; “Alive on the Edge,” James Ewing/OTTO; “Leafed Out,” Nicola Betts for West 8; “Houston Best on the Bayou,” Jonnu Singleton; “The Call for Open Space,” John Gnoffo; “The Make-Do Shrine,” Steven Brooke.
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