“The seeming informality of the Dom-ino is the perfect housing counterpart of the rigid Fordist-Taylorist organisation of work in which workers were uprooted from their native environment and taken as pure labour force devoid of any specific skill by the automatism of the assembly line. The Dom-ino system has proved to be effective beyond the industrial age, thanks to its extreme genericness and adaptability.”


Learning from Athens – Point Supreme

“The subjectivity of the Dom-ino, in spite of what Le Corbusier had hoped, did not result in a shared effort to construct readable urban environments, but rather in the myth of self-entrepreneurship. If this result is often blurred by the poverty of such developments, one of the best illustrations of this phenomenon is perhaps the Greek polykatoikia, which on the contrary addresses primarily the middle class, and which had a major impact in the development of post-war Greece.”


Vue d’Athènes

“Like in the Dom-ino model this system combined advanced industrial solutions with low-skilled manual labour. Through the apparatus of the polykatoikia, the project of the city was advanced no longer through top-down master planning, but through the production of abstract legislative frameworks, which materialised in the bottom-up practice of self-building.”


Athens as Polikatikia – Point Supreme

“In spite of its questionable political origin the polykatoikia has been often celebrated as a successful experiment in informal, bottom-up housing building. However, its implementation has produced a subjectivity based on radical individualism in which the household itself became a source of economic speculation.”


Constitution of a block community – From Dom-ino to Polykatoikia

“The fundamental goal of this reform would be to overcome the fragmentation provoked by the application of this building type, by working towards a reconstruction of collective urban formations.”

From Dom-ino to Polykatoikia – October 2012
by Pier Vittorio Aureli, Maria S. Giudici, Platon Issaias