Productivity of Culture

Anastasia Paparis

Architect A.U.Th., Town Planner U.C.L., M. Phill., M.RT.P.I.


presentation: Cultural Capitals of Europe and the Identity of European City (Athens, Glasgow, Lisbon, Thessaloniki
category: Cultural Planning

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Download the paper "ΠΟΛΙΤΙΣΤΙΚΕΣ ΠΡΩΤΕΥΟΥΣΕΣ ΤΗΣ ΕΥΡΩΠΗΣ: Αθήνα, Γλασκόβη, Λισσαβόνα & Θεσσαλονίκη"


The article presents synoptically the results of the cultural infrastructure and urban interventions analysis in four cities, that became Cultural Capitals of Europe (C.C.E.: Athens 1985, Glasgow 1990, Lisbon 1994 and Thessaloniki 1997). Moreover, a comprehensive consideration of the relationship between their urban spatial structure and the programs mentioned above is attempted, through the concept of ‘spatial syntactic identity’.

This concept is defined theoretically through the concepts of ‘urbanity’ and ‘intelligibility’ within the framework of Space Syntax Analysis theory. This complicated analysis leads to some useful results, with respect to the evaluation of the impact that the C.C.E. institution had on the spatial structure of the European cities, as well as the apprehension and revealing of their rich urban and architectural heritage, as well as the quality of life improvement in the same cities. This approach is based on the author’s PhD research under the same subject.

The epistemological foundation of the concept of urban ‘spatial syntactic identity’ is considered to be her major contribution to knowledge so far. This - maybe not explicitly but surely implicitly- economical approach of the E.C.C. institution can be considered mainly as a basis of the relationship between urban culture and urban development. The convergences and divergences among findings reflect the common ‘womb’ of the cultural characteristics of the typology of European urban spatial configurations, as well as the similar ways in which the relationship between spatial configurations and building and urban interventions were decided. They also underline the call for the production of new knowledge, in order that the institution be appreciated with objectivity and justice, and go ahead even more creatively, right into its new era, that has already started.


Anastasia M. Paparis was born in Veria, Greece. Architect with distinction, University of Thessaloniki, Greece. Town planner form the University College London (M.Phil., M.R.T.P.I.). Greek State Foundation Scholarship for the post-graduate courses abroad (Ι.Κ.Υ.). Attended the Adva CVnced Architectural Studies postgraduate course, U.C.L. Founder of the Architects’ Association and the ICOMOS – UNESCO Office in Himathia Prefecture. Research and projects for the private and public sector in architecture, urban design, town planning and townscape architecture. PhD candidate in the University of Thessaloniki.

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