Rethink Athens!


R ethink Athens! Is a vision for the redesign of the inner city of Athens. It as developed by OKRA Landscape Architects and won the first price in an open competition awarded by the Onassis Foundation. The OKRA vision for Athens provided a multi-disciplinary redesign with topics including traffic, cultural and social aspects and, last not least, the improvement of sustainability through Green and blue technologies.

Together with OKRA and Werner Sobek GreenTechnologies, ENVI_MET analysed the potential of the new design for improving thermal air temperature, thermal comfort and building energy usage in the city of Athens.

Strict target criteria had to be reached by the designs such as -Reduction of maximum air temperature at minimum of 1.5 °C -Decrease in maximum surface temperature of minimum 5% -Improvement of a Thermal Comfort Index at minimum 20% during the day time. -Reduction of air condition usage (cooling hours above 26 °C) about 20% minimum

The ENVI_MET analysis was carried out for 4 selected places and 3 roads in the city of Athens and proved that the OKRA design was able to fulfill the target criteria.
  • client : OKRA Landscape Architects, Utrecht, The Netherlands
  • date : 17/10/2017