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#IsThisBiennaleGoingToBe Different? May 28 Venice

Iris Lykourioti

An opening discussion of introductions between members of the Association of Greek Architects, the International Alliance of Inhabitants, Eddyburg think tank and the European Action Coalition for the Right to Housing and to the City.

The Association of Greek Architects was established in 1922 in Athens. The Association’s mission is to promote,
disseminate and preserve architecture in Greece, as well as to safeguard the interests of its members. The
Association’s agenda includes promoting the industry’s distinctive professional identity, protecting architects’
professional rights and developing a nationwide organisation.

The IAI is a global network of associations and social movements of inhabitants, cooperatives, communities, tenants, owners of their house, homeless, slum dwellers, indigenous populations and people from working class neighbourhoods. Their members are in Africa, Asia, Europe, North America and Latin America and Caribbean. It is an intercultural, inclusive, autonomous, independent, self managing, and solidarity movement, readily available to coordinate with other similar organizations which pursue the same goals.

Eddyburg is an Italian think tank, funded in 2003 by the urban planner Edoardo Salzano. It disseminates information about the city and territory, urbanism and urban planning and its relationship with society, politics and environment. It is supported by a wide network of academics, professionals, students and activists and non-profit organizations, all operating in the promotion of a fundamental change in the vision, planning and management of the city and territory.

The European Action Coalition for the Right to Housing and to the City is a convergence process between movements from different cities in several european countries fighting for the respect of these fundamental rights. After having campaigned independently for years, those movements (groups and, social movements composed by tenants, slum/ self-built neighborhoods dwellers, squat residents, victims of inadequate housing, victims of eviction or affected by indebtedness, professionals and researchers) felt the need to gather in order to strengthen this fight to take common action and common positions on European Housing issues.

Members of the Association of Greek Architects and guests:
Ilaria Boniburini – Eddyburg
Paolo Dignatici – Eddyburg
Iva Marcetic – European Action Coalition for the Right to Housing and to the City
Cesare Ottolini – International Alliance of Inhabitants
Edoardo Salzano – Eddyburg


#IsThisBiennaleGoingToBe Different? May 28 Venice


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