Sunday, March 25, 2007

Zenetos european architect. Saggio discourse Athens March 22 2007

In the 50th anniversary of the Rome signature for the EC, back in 1957, in Agios Dimitrios school has been celebrated the greek translation of the italian book " Takis Zenetos, Visioni digitali architettura costruite" (IT revolution in architecture) D. Papalexopoulos & E. Kalafati authors, Edilstampa Publisher, Rome, Italy 2006, A. Saggio editor in chief and writer of the preface. The preface "Zenetos revealed" is not published in the Greek edition and with the preface disappeared the credits to the greek student Tzova Poulcheria that bringing to Saggio the work of Zenetos ignited the process.
So Poulcheria, now young architect in Athens, is indeed a positive hope for cross fertilization of culture and generosity in Europe! Concerning the role of diffusion of the figure of Zenetos in Greece, I notice that the book of Papalexopoulos and Kalafati, originated in Italian book series, is the first book in Greece after the Monographic issue of 1978 of Orestis Doumanis. I do not think it was a correct act the omission of the Italian preface from the current Greek edition. Watch Saggio discourse


dimitris papalexopoulos said...

A big surprise: It was the greek scholars (and the publisher) who invited and hosted Saggio in Athens, to participate at a round table presenting the book. He wrote the blog comment only after his return to Rome!!!
The Italian preface was not “cut”. Since the Greek book is not a translation of the Italian and Saggio asked the authors to include the preface just before the printing of the book, (and) the authors believed that its position is at the beginning and not at the book’s end, they proposed along with the publisher to include it properly at the next edition.
The “Greek scholars”, Saggio mentioned, had referenced or written on Zenetos along with Tzonis, Lefaivre, Loyer and many others (50), not to mention the greek students’ dissertations. One student happened to reveal Zenetos’s existence to Saggio who then asked the authors to write a book. We rest always thankful to Saggio. But we deeply regret for his recent attitude and way of seeing things.

The also “insignificant” and “past generation” scholars - authors:
Dimitris Papalexopoulos, Eleni Kalafati

Anonymous said...

There are good and bad moments: the virtual meeting between prof. Antonino Saggio and the Architect Takis Zenetos has been a magic moment, made even more magic by the physical meeting between prof. Antonino Saggio and prof. Dimitris Papalexopulos, as for this getting together have led to the birth of the italian edition of the book.
Let’s stop to these positive moments!
By now a greek edition exists too. Zenetos is keeping on…
As well as the 500.000€’s box of the TV game “Super Deal” (“Affari tuoi”), who shall be the lucky man to choose this box?