In the archive located at Dimitris Pikionis's house, there is an unpublished letter, unknown until now. In this letter one can read the detailed description of the shipwreck of a sailboat - having Dimitris Pikionis among its few passengers - while crossing the Corinthian Gulf in August 1928. Circumventing the historical documentation of the actual events I will attempt to read this letter as a narrative material that uses a symbolic language; I will interpret it as a 'myth', a 'parable' or a 'dream' that talks to us about Dimitris Pikionis as an architect and creative person, but also about the identity of modern Greek architecture in relation to the international modernism of the interwar period.
Konstantinos Tsiambaos is Assistant Professor in History & Theory of Architecture at the School of Architecture of the National Technical University in Athens (NTUA). He is Chair of do.co.mo.mo. Greece. He studied in Athens (NTUA) and New York (GSAPP Columbia University). His research has been published in international journals (The Journal of Architecture, Architectural Research Quarterly, Architectural Histories) and collective volumes. His research interests focus on the promotion and use of concepts and interpretative tools borrowed from philosophy, political theory and psychoanalysis in the history and theory of modern and contemporary architecture. His books include From Doxiadis' Theory to Pikionis' Work: Reflections of Antiquity in Modern Architecture (London & New York: Routledge, 2018) and Ambivalent Modernity: 9+1 texts on Modern Architecture in Greece (Epikentro, 2017). He recently co-edited the exhibition catalogue The Future as a Project: Doxiadis in Skopje (Hellenic Institute of Architecture, 2018).
Respondent: Christine Boyer, Architecture