Analysis of the Athens Urban Regeneration Project

The broader objective of the urban regeneration project was to change people’s attitudes towards the environment by increasing their awareness of environmental problems and ways to overcome them. Physical improvements and environmental protection measures were designed to complement and facilitate leisure, training, and social activities on the grounds of the Park. The Park’s development was based on a well-integrated Master Plan.
The Urban Pilot Project focused on the first stage, which developed an area of about 0.7 km. The Project was implemented from January 1991 to June 1995. The planned cost amounted to 7.68 MECU, 75% of which comprised co-financing from the European Regional Development.
The aim of the project was to address the poor quality of the environment and the economic and social blight. This project combines a scheme which would have an immediate impact on the quality of life of the local inhabitants, but which would also be of a broader benefit in terms of increasing the environmental awareness of the general public. The objectives of the Queen’s Tower Park project were: to improve the quality of the environment in West Athens : a.) to develop leisure and sports facilities. b.) to increase the public’s environmental awareness. c.) to spread the benefits of economic growth to local communities. d.) to unite members of immigrant minorities into the community’s. e.) to push local authorities to develop a more integrated approach to their problems. f.) to foster trade activities to support the Park. g.) to preserve historic buildings within the Park’s boundaries.
DISCUSSION OF THE QUOTATION AND THE EUROPEAN LANDSCAPE CONVENTION
The Athens Urban Regeneration Program mirrors the key themes of the Olwig quotation, "Architects who think only in terms of the power of scenic space, ignoring the exigencies of community and place, run the risk of producing landscapes of social inequality like those of the great eighteenth-century British estates.