uncube's editors are Sophie Lovell (Art Director and Editor-in-Chief), Florian Heilmeyer, Fiona Shipwright and George Kafka; graphic design: Lena Giovanazzi, graphic assistance Janar Siniloo and Diana Portela.
uncube is based in Berlin and is published by BauNetz, Germany's most-read online portal covering architecture in a thoughtful way since 1996.
It is with mixed feelings that we bring you this issue of uncube: sad because we have to tell you that it will be our last – and endings are always sad – yet happy because uncube no. 43: Athens marks the end of a glorious experiment that has shown there is not only a place but a need for viewing architecture within the context of other disciplines and contemporary mores.
And what better subject to end on than a city, which, despite great economic adversity, is forging new paths in informal urbanism – from the bottom up and through the myriad collaborations of the people that live there.
Venerable Athens, the “cradle of Western Civilisation” and birthplace of democracy; as a modern city it has known crisis for so long that it has now become a permanent condition and in response, its ingenious citizens are having to take into their own hands the areas of civic provision that their (democratically elected) governments are failing or unable to provide.
This issue takes space, particularly public space, as a thread to lead us through the dense and complex labyrinth of a city’s strategies to not only survive, but thrive once again as well. So join us one last time as we take you “beyond”, through the streets and squares of Athens.