Take a look below before coming to the event. Here you can find the necessary information on the human / physical / natural resources of Gerani, a rundown area in Central Athens; these are the data on which the Polypolis_Athens game is based. See selected material at or read below the 36 pages booklet on SARCHA’s "CCR:CityCommonResource Athens_Gerani 2010-12" pilot study.

Important Note: The duration of the game is two hours 15:00 – 17:00 but the players should be at the venue at 14:00 to get together for a preparatory session.  

The better you understand the area the greater your opportunities to win! 

SARCHA’s research team worked in Gerani (a neighbourhood contained between Omonoia Square and Athinas, Euripidous, Epikourou and Peraios streets) from July to November 2010, exploring the urban accumulation of city resources. It collected data on people and their activities, buildings and un-built spaces, the area’s smells, natural ventilation and sunlight conditions. The data was classified in three categories - human, physical and natural resources - and transferred onto multilayered maps to facilitate complex searches.

The 243 buildings in the (10.9 Ha) area belong to more than 3.753 private owners and present a distinct vertical differentiation of uses: at street level there are retail shops and various services; in the middle floors are illegal retail stock, manufacturing, immigrant dormitories, office spaces; on top are flats and roof-slums. Drug addicts and homeless flank the street-arcades and the well-off live behind security gates.

Our Resources Reset Proposal aims to recombine the area’s building stock, human potential and manufacturing tradition with innovation to create a small scale production hub. To this end, SARCHA proposes the administration of resources ‘in common’ and puts forward the appropriate tools for the active involvement of inhabitants and owners alike;The Polypolis game is one of them. 

Download  The CCR:CityCommonResource booklet
CCR_Athens_booklet_ EN2012_SARCHA
You can also visit the following pages that showcase projects based in Athens by students of the MArch in Urban Design (2011-12) at the Bartlett.

Thian Soo Ying       
Mitra Tafazoli          
Pooja Deshpande    
Nanchen Jiang        
Jongtae Jung          
Xi Zhang                 
Lisa Hinderdael       
In Hea Lee              
Rong Yong             
Andi Gabriella Schmied