No-Stop City

Essay in Afetiries / Starting Points, v.1. Athens: DOMES – International Review of Architecture, 2017 [in Greek]. Platon Issaias.
(Originally presented in the conference Afetiries / Starting Points, October 2015)

Platon Issaias
Article, Criticism, Essay, History, Theory

Στο κάλεσμα του περιοδικού Δομές τον Οκτώβρη του 2015 για τη δεύτερη ημερίδα «Αφετηρίες», επέλεξα να παρουσιάσω ένα κάπως ιδιαίτερο έργο, τη No-Stop City των Archizoom Associati. Η ιδιαιτερότητά του έγκειται κατά τη γνώμη μου σε δύο διαφορετικές παραμέτρους, μια συστατική του ίδιου του project και της ιστορίας του, και μια δεύτερη κάπως περισσότερο προσωπική καθώς αφορά τον τρόπο που προσπάθησα να ανταποκριθώ στο ερώτημα της ημερίδας προτείνοντας παράλληλα μια πιθανότητα κριτικής ανάγνωσης του ίδιου του έργου.

Η No-Stop City συντάσσεται, δοκιμάζεται και παρουσιάζεται με διαφορετικούς τρόπους, ζει μια σύντομη αλλά κάπως ένδοξη ζωή και στη συνέχεια εξαφανίζεται σχεδόν εντελώς από τις περισσότερες ιστορίες της μεταπολεμικής αρχιτεκτονικής, μέχρι να αρχίσει να εμφανίζεται και να συζητιέται και πάλι τα τελευταία δέκα χρόνια. Αυτό συμβαίνει κυρίως μέσα από τη δουλειά, ιδίως την εκπαιδευτική, και τη διαρκή αναφορά σε αυτό το έργο από τους Pier Vittorio Aureli και Martino Tattara. Η No-Stop City αποτελεί για τους Aureli και Tattara αναπόσπαστο τμήμα μιας μη κανονικής και μη γραμμικής ιστορίας της αρχιτεκτονικής και του πολιτικού. Όπως μας παροτρύνει έγκαιρα ο Rem Koolhaas «κάθε μπάσταρδος επινοεί το δικό του γενεαλογικό δέντρο», και σε αυτή την καθ’ όλα «ενεργή» ιστορία, οι μορφές, το πλαίσιο και οι σημασίες των πολλαπλών αρχιτεκτονικών που τη συγκροτούν συνιστούν έναν απείθαρχο και πυκνό από αμαρτίες και σφάλματα κόσμο. Λάθη και αντιφάσεις είναι δραματικά παρόντα και στη δική μας περίπτωση, όπως θα σημειώσω επιγραμματικά στη συνέχεια.

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is an architect, researcher and educator based in London. She holds a diploma in architecture from the School of Architecture of the University of Patras, Greece (2015) and was awarded a PhD from the School of Architecture at the Royal College of Art (2022). Her thesis dealt with the materiality of grassroots, ad hoc and mutual aid projects by social movements in Europe and the United States, with an emphasis on their relationship with the state. She is teaching in undergraduate architectural design studios and history and theory courses at the London South Bank University and Central Saint Martins. She is also a registered architect in the UK (ARB) and Greece (TCG) and has practiced architecture in London, Madrid and Athens.


is an architect, researcher, and educator. He studied architecture in Thessaloniki, Greece, and holds an MSc from Columbia University and a PhD from TU Delft and The City as a Project research collective. He is the director of Projective Cities MPhil programme at the Architectural Association, where he is also teaching Diploma Unit 7 with Hamed Khosravi. Previously, he has taught at the Berlage Institute (Netherlands), in the MArch Urban Design programme at the Bartlett, the RCA, Syracuse University and the University of Cyprus. His research interests explore urban design and architecture in the relation to the politics of labour, economy, law and labour struggles. He has written and lectured extensively about Greek urbanisation and the politics of urban development.


is an architect and educator, and recently joined the Heinz Architectural Center at the Carnegie Museum of Art as Associate Curator. He earned his diploma of Architecture at the National Technical University of Athens and an SMarchS degree from MIT. Since 2009, he has been practicing as a founding member of Fatura Collaborative, an architecture and research collective. His PhD dissertation, “Architectures of the Humanitarian Front” (Yale University), explores the nexus of humanitarian organizations and architecture and their relation to conflict, displacement and the provision of shelter.


is an architect based in Lund, Sweden. He graduated in 2010 from the School of Architecture of the National Technical University of Athens and holds an MSc in Energy Efficient and Environmental Building Design from the School of Architecture of Lund University (2015). He has practiced architecture as a freelance architect in Greece and currently in Sweden (eg. Tengbom architects), where he works on a wide range of projects including small houses, larger residential complexes as well as care, educational and industrial facilities.


graduated in 2007 from the School of Architecture of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece. She holds the MSc in Advanced Architectural Design from GSAPP, Columbia University (2008). In June 2016, she was awarded the degree of Doctor of Philosophy by the Architectural Association. Her thesis dealt with the transition towards abstraction in art and architecture during the end of 19th and early 20th centuries, with an emphasis on interwar architectural modernism in Germany. Alexandra has been teaching at the AA since 2012, where she is currently a studio master in the First Year Studio of the Experimental Programme and a Programme Coordinator and Course tutor in the MArch Architecture & Urbanism (DRL) programme. She has practiced as an architect in New York and Athens.