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Perpetual Flux of Marmaros-Lycabettus

Part 2 Project 2015
Joanne Yu
Birmingham City University, UK
The Greek depression is the direct result of continuous government neglect. With the privatisation of public space and the growing socio-economic problems throughout Greece, we have witnessed the severity of the country’s despair. Its unstable future identifies the need for economic revival, provoking an investigation into new alternatives for recovery.

Marble is a key natural resource in Athens yet to be fully utilised for its current needs. For every 1000 tonnes of marble excavated, 180 tonnes of waste is produced. By undergoing a calcination process, the waste becomes lime, a natural fertiliser used to manifest an agricultural renaissance amongst the city.

Emphasising the technical processes of underground marble excavation to preserve the existing landscape of Mount Lycabettus, new public spaces subsequently emerge. The extracted voids become occupiable spaces after the inhabitation of local artisans, resulting in its later reference as the ‘Marble Caves of Mount Lycabettus’, a natural monument of the city. Detailing the timescale of a developing industry which significantly impacts the city physically, socially and economically, it leaves a legacy in the mining industry, speculating and offering a new perspective in the way that mining can be approached with the aim for self-sufficiency and future resilience.

Joanne Yu


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