Sunday, November 8, 2015

A race with prize our recollections - scene 13

                          For two art lovers...  two girls with big hearts
                          who I met at the Doxiadis School of Fine Arts

      Month in, month out
        and I have no longer doubt
        that this woman is time itself 
                         [in the human form,
        beyond any logic and any norm.

        For me she is something like a database,
        because I can read my whole life in her face...

   I was thirty she was seventeen.
    I was sulky, but Maddy was 
                     [constantly in a cheerful mien.

    I was already a crummy breadwinner
    while for her life had just been launched, 

                                         [a real beginner. 

    She encouraged her friend Cathy 
                                     [to become my wife,

    with that result I expected to live a happy life...

    A piece of this happiness is due to the Maddy...
    I am happy although I look grumpy and faddy.

   Maddy disappeared from our lives 
                                                out of the blue*,
    immediately after the wedding 
                                            like a bird that flew....

                               PART TWO
   Forty years later, 
                 [through Facebook, me and Cathy,
    met again with 
              [our old good friend Maddy, the wordy.

   I was seventy and... 
                                Maddy was fifty six ..
    in life all three of us made good and bad picks.

    In every wrinkle of her face,
    I could read from my life some case.

    In every wrinkle of her face,
    I could see that we participated in the same race,
    a race with the prize our recollections, 
    ie our passions, romances and affections...

to be continued

A Rap Opera or Hip Hopera 

Story Script scene-by-scene
____________________________________________  by Odysseus Heavilayias

Language adjustments and text adaptation Kellene G Safis
Digital adaptation and text editing Cathy Rapakoulia Mataraga



School of Design in Greece

“When I sometimes feel overwhelmed by the problems of the modern city, I go to the Acropolis,”  Constantinos Doxiadis in 1964. 

Doxiadis kept the Acropolis in his sights by building both his offices and his home on a quiet street in the foothills of Mount Lycabettus with dazzling views of the Parthenon.

Constantinos Doxiadis, In the late 1950s, one of the leading figures of modern Greek architecture, was looking for a site to build his new company’s Athens offices. He selected a plot in the pine-clad foothills of Mount Lycabettus, a vantage point that afforded sweeping views of the city as far as the sea. 
Doxiadis calculated that his top-floor office would be the same height as the Parthenon, so the view would be not only phenomenal – it would be unique.
Doxiadis Associates’ headquarters expanded as the architectural practice grew.

The complex eventually consisted of four wings built around an atrium. 

One wing was devoted to the first schools of design in Greece. Another wing housed the Graduate School of Ekistics, or the science of human settlement, a new concept in urban planning developed by Doxiadis.

Transparent, open, and engaging, the building was designed to integrate with the urban fabric. The courtyard was modelled on the traditional Greek village square to instil a sense of community among staff and students. 
A fountain marked the ancient source of the Iridanos River.
Beyond it was an emblem of the future: the first computer in Greece installed behind a glass screen. 
Poets and painters presented their work in a spectacular lecture hall on the ground floor. The building was a hub of creativity, a hotbed of ideas, a place where new theories took shape.

Now days divercity architects were inspired by Doxiadis’ philosophy in converting his former headquarters into 21st century 26 residences named ''One Athens''. 

ONE ATHENS can accommodate a variety of homes to suit different lifestyles: apartments, duplexes, penthouses, and townhouses. 

One Athens comes as a natural addition to the district's array of prestigious establishments and residences, since it brings a new lease of life into the famous listed ‘Doxiadis Office Building’. Erected between 1958 and 1972, the building once housed the Athens Technological School, the Graduate School of Ekistics and the offices of the Doxiadis architecture and urban planning firm (which at its peak employed some 400 staff who worked on projects on five continents). Soon after Doxiadis’ death in 1975 however, both the school and his firm closed down, and the building fell into disuse.

  the foreigner  

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