Poly Garden City


Poly Garden City is a participative project integrating green into Athens built environment, fusing building and gardens into new hybrid urban typologies, and reinterpreting modernist urban heritage.

Πολυ Garden City is a project for greening the Athens’ polykatoikies (πολυκατοικιες). As most streets in Athens are narrow and – (still) occupied by cars, a strategy committed to greening the city should focus on integrating green in the built environment.

– A public campaign communicates the vision of Athens as a Poly Garden City.

– Our Poly Garden City initiative works closely with the «Athens Resilient City Project» of the City of Athens ( «100 Resilient Cities / Rockefeller Foundation).

– A crowd-sourcing platform, supported by Athens Municipality and SynAthina connects experts and citizens that realize green projects in downtown Athens.

– Workshops help infuse expertise into the citizens’ bottom-up projects.

* Vegetable gardens on the balconies!
* Gardens the spaces in-between the buildings!
* Green rooftops with endemic plants!
* Lively green terraces!
* Smart water management!
* Smart Climate City!


– Contemporary Athens building typology derives directly from Le Corbusier’s “Domino House”, the icon of modernist architecture.

– Poly Garden City is an Athens Charrette*, a co-creative urban design experience 
(in juxtaposition to the Athens Charter**, conceived on a cruiser travelling from Marseilles to Athens in 1933).

*A charrette (pronounced [shuh-ret]), often Anglicized to charette or charet and sometimes called a ‘design charrette’, is an intense period of design or planning activity.

**The Athens Charter (Charte d’Athènes) was a document about urban planning published by Swiss architect Le Corbusier in 1943. The work was based upon Le Corbusier’s Ville Radieuse (Radiant City), published in 1935, and urban studies undertaken by the Congrès Internationaux d’Architecture Moderne (CIAM) in the early 1930s.