A large box located near the Queen Elizabeth-IEC terminal, a large drone, and another drone flying outside a window, surrounded by boarded-up derelict buildings suggest the movement in Tuchian City, the ancient district of Athens. What could possibly be going on in this edgy neighborhood? It’s part of Greece’s modern urban experiment, Tuchian-projects, the modern equivalent of the New Urbanism. Tuchian City is a major urban revival program where what the city’s residents used to call the squares, is now supposed to be a “heritage stretch” with public art.
The walls and walls of the old port district of Tuchian City, circa 1940, were demolished to make way for the Tuchian City, which was designed by the German architect and architect Albert Lambrecht. Lambrecht designed the streets of the little town as a sort of futuristic metro station based on the typologies of the metro system, so this backstreet made way for the massive shipping port of Tuchian, located in the southern end of the city, near Syntagma Square. It is an ancient port town, converted into a contemporary urban haven.
Greek postcard image of a grand harbour view taken in Tuchian, in 1915. The View by Kalikas, courtesy of Ieronymos Old Town Experience.
But like so many of Athens’ abandoned, crumbling dilapidated parts, Tuchian City may be the wrong place at the wrong time. The U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum reports that 110,000 Jews were murdered in Tuchian City when it was surrounded by tanks to prevent them from escaping the death camps.