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Spiropoulou Ismini “Recreation of Justice square”

This thesis deals with the recreation of Justice Square. The square is situated in the historic center of Athens on the city block which is bounded by Panepistimiou street, Arsaki street, Stadiou street and the pedestrian street Santarosa. On the south side of the square, facing Stadiou street, the building of the National Printing Office can be found.

This particular square never quite managed to be integrated into the city life: it actually seems as if it is ignored by its inhabitants. Justice Square was originally constructed almost 20 years ago and during this period of time it has suffered several interventions, some of which have damaged its initial layout (works done by the Athens Metro), while others that intended to make a difference, didn’t have the chance to be completed (reconstruction of the National Printing Office).

The new plan proposed with this thesis aims mainly to bring life back to Justice Square by attracting people not only from the vicinity but also from the wider area of Athens. In addition, a pleasant public space is created suitable for relaxation for those who pass by, as well as for those who work near by. Finally, the thesis intends to re-establish the connection between Justice Square and the National Printing Office, as well as between Justice Square and Stadiou Street.