Cooperative Fabrication in Athens
The collapse of debt-driven development and the following politics of austerity have had a dramatic impact on Southern European cities which lead to social deprivation, poverty and political instability. The city of Athens has become the epitome of this crisis.
συνεργείο (synergeío) – The Productive City
The word crisis derives from the Greek krisis, which means “turning point in a disease”, and already contains a future of improvement. In the current situation the demands of the citizens are less cultural or recreational, but immediately physical: health, food, clothing. This includes the need for work and the need for things, for places of fabrication and repair within a return to barter-economy and small-scale-production.
Therefore local “fabrication-cooperatives” could be an attempt to develop a new building-typology, based on a broad definition of the term production, combining it with immaterial creativity and cultural activities. Ideally, its buildings would combine production and reproduction, organised and built in participation with the residents of the local communities of Athens.