Quality of life

I am inspired by those people who “have” quality. I use the verb “have” as a set of words and concepts, such as: Live, Eat, Drink, Feel, Savour, See, Smell, Think. These are words and concepts in which the main subjects are the human senses. You can only accomplish quality by expressing these feelings. You achieve quality when what you do, is mainly because you Feel it. Then you must try to accomplish it, to want even more, to want the best.

I hate those people who “say” that they “have” quality. By using this verb, “say”, I emphasise in meanings such as Boast, Wear, Buy, Eat, all of which are subjects of human vanity.

GOUTOS KTIZEIN builds places to house the first type of people. Built by people, for people. With emphasis on the quality that we lack today. Firstly, we must make the quality known. Spread the word to tell the world it is there. There are people that can deliver this level of quality. Yes, it is possible to have quality. Quality is not luxury. Luxury is to buy cheap, useless objects, from a doubtful origin and method of production.

Cities, villages, homes, shops, all of these are badly or barely designed. We simply “made” them, which is why they do not stand the test of time. Firstly, we ourselves must learn, and then teach our children the meaning of designing the spaces we live in. What is studying? What is programming? What does architecture mean exactly? Every school should set an example in architecture; even better, for them to be used as field research, innovation, new ideas and applications.

Let’s start to live better. To want more.

We, in GOUTOS KTIZEIN, hope to achieve this.

Αρχιτεκτονική πριν και μετά τη κρίση.


Οι επιπτώσεις του ξαφνικού σεισμού της Ελληνικής δημοσιονομικής κρίσης απλώνονται σαν τσουνάμι προς κάθε κατεύθυνση, κατακλύζοντας μεταξύ πολλών άλλων και το πεδίο της οικοδομής: Τα στεγαστικά δάνεια στέρεψαν, οι οικοδομικές άδειες κάνουν βουτιά, οι εμπορικές χρήσεις συρρικνώνονται, η ζήτηση διαμερισμάτων εξατμίζεται, οι εξοχικές κατοικίες κατρακυλάνε. Πολλοί αρχιτέκτονες νοιώθουν πρωτόγνωρη ανασφάλεια, όπως βέβαια και χιλιάδες άλλοι.

Είναι γεγονός ότι η θεομηνία έπιασε πολλούς στον ύπνο, διακόπτοντας φιλόδοξα όνειρα, τάσεις, επιδιώξεις, ψευδαισθήσεις. Τα νέα δεδομένα τερματίζουν μια περίοδο εικονικής ανάπτυξης και φαινομενικής ευμάρειας στηριγμένης σε μεγάλο βαθμό στον πλασματικό πλούτο του δανείου και της πιστωτικής κάρτας. Μαζί ανατρέπεται αναπόφευκτα και το αρχιτεκτονικό σκηνικό που πλαισιώνει τη κοινωνία της κατανάλωσης επί πιστώσει. Continue reading »