Research project on the city of Athens, its architecture and planning history, in relation to the politics of labour, economy, law and social struggles.
(2009 – PRESENT)
Platon’s main research interests in architecture and urban design explore architecture in relation to the politics of labour, economy, law and social struggles. Tracing the link between conflict, urban management and architectural form, his research work has been formulated within The City as a Project Research Collective and developed to his PhD dissertation and multiple publications, lectures, seminars, and course material – history/theory and design studios.
His thesis ‘Beyond the Informal City: Athens and the possibility of an Urban Common’ investigated the recent history of planning in Athens and the Greek city, defining an original method of study of urban form through distinct paradigmatic objects, legal frameworks and the politics of urban development. Since, this relation between archetypes and protocols has formulated a new approach into the history of the city and research-by-design practices.
Currently, Platon is working on a book proposal with selected chapters and essays on Athens as a Project (to be published in 2022)
The following book chapters, articles and conference papers emerged from this work:
2020. From asset to debt and dispossession: Housing in the years of economic crisis in Greece.
Paper presentation and lead panel in: Housing and the City, organised by AHRA (Architectural Humanities Research Association), 19-21 November 2020.
Paper presentation in: PhD Symposium, organised by the City/Architecture PhD Programme of the Architectural Association, London, 26 October 2016.
2019. Designing the Informal – The case of Greece.
Essay and conference transcripts published in: Athens: From Informal to Paradigm. Athens: Futura, 190-205.
2017. Domestic, Production and Debt: for a Theory of the Informal.
Book chapter in: Stoppani, Teresa, Giorgio Ponzo, and George Themistokleous, eds. This Thing Called Theory. London: Routledge, 220-230.
2017. From Flat to the City: The construction of Modern Greek Subjectivity.
Essay in: Joelho – Journal of Architecture 8 (2017): Ideas and Practices for the European City: 126-139.
Paper presentation in: Existential Territories: Architecture and Subjectivity, conference organised by the School of Architecture, Royal College of Art, 17-18 November 2017) and Hong Kong University, Faculty of Architecture, 26 January 2018.
2015. Language/Diagram/Machine: Dom-ino and the Greek City.
Paper presentation in: Ελ/Le Corbusier: Genealogies, international conference organised by the School of Architecture, National Technical University of Athens, Greece, 29-31 October 2015.
2015. What the Generic is not: Athens as a case against the informal.
Paper presentation in: Changing Cities II: Spatial Design, Landscape and Socio-economic Dimensions, international conference organized by the Department of Planning and Regional Development, University of Thessaly, under the aegis of the Greek Ministry of Environment, Energy & Climate Change, Porto Heli, Peloponnese, Greece, 22-26 June 2015. Special session: Urban Design as a Creative Tool, organizer: Dr. Thanos Pagonis.
2015. From Archetypes to Protocols: Projects for Athens.
Paper presentation in: Thinking Spatial Practice within and against the Law, conference organised by Birkbeck Institute of Social Research (BISR), University of London, 19 June 2015.
2014. Tout va bien: The Maison Dom-ino and the Social Contract of Modern Greece.
Paper presentation in: the Dom-ino Effect, symposium organised by Pier Vittorio Aureli and Thomas Weaver at the Architectural Association, School of Architecture, 14 March 2014.
2013. The Absence of Plan as a Project.
Book chapter in: Aureli, Pier Vittorio, ed. The City as a Project. Berlin: Ruby Press, 292-331.
2013. Domestic Nightmares: Social Conflicts and the Production of Residential Space in Interwar Athens, 1922-1936.
Paper presentation in: Plentitudes and Emptiness, symposium of Architectural Research by Design, organised by the School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture, College of Art – University of Edinburgh, 4-6 October 2013.
2013. Two Buildings and a Movie: Alienation, Conflict and Architectural Form.
Paper presentation in: Athens Symposium, organised by the MArch Urban Design at the Bartlett School of Architecture, London, 27 May 2013.
2012. From Dom-ino to Polykatoikia.
Essay published in: DOMUS 962 (October 2012): 74-87. With Pier Vittorio Aureli and Maria S. Giudici.
2012. Labour, City, Architecture.
Essay published in: Dragonas, Panos and Anna Skiada, eds. Made In Athens, catalogue of the Greek Pavilion on the 13th International Architectural Exhibition – Venice Biennale. Athens: YPEKA, 313-319. With Pier Vittorio Aureli and Maria S. Giudici.