Pyros real estate
Pyros is a fictional real estate agency of burnt houses in Greece. There are 10 houses for sale, each one referred to a specific wildfire happened in the recent history of the country; not all the properties have a building permit.


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The project started with 336 photos of Athens received by my Greek classmate Angelikki: she spent some days in the seaside settlement of Neos Voutzas (eastern Attica) photographing what was left of the village, completely burnt after the fire of the summer 2018. The Attica wildfires caused 100 fatalities, about 172 victims and over one thousand of buildings damaged.

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Examining in depth the topic, I found out that the lack of infrastructure of Neos Voutzas (like in many other Greek cities) has been one of the factors of this huge disaster: several properties have been built too close to the forest area and along the coastline, without following the urban plan, which blocked the escape routes. But, concurrently with new elections, the owners can make an application for legalising their properties.

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Most of the fires in Greece are caused by arsonists (included the one in Neos Voutzas) or for clearing the land, and in some cases both the arsons and the illegal constructions are directly connected with real estate development. There isn’t any clear official declaration from the politicians, but the situation is taken for granted among the citizens: I had to read between the lines of the various interviews in order to get this information.

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Instead of rooms and square meters, the description of the houses for sale tells about the wildfires happened in the recent history of the country. The agency has also several branches in various regions of the country, exactly where are registered the highest number of illegal buildings (Greek Technical Chamber, 2011) and wildfires: it’s a subtle escamotage for visualising the core of the research.

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Designing a real estate agency of burnt houses was a way to overstate the situation and raise public awareness, but it doesn’t go too far from reality: among the photos there was already a sheet of paper hanged on a burnt house with a request for buying it.

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RESEARCH AND DESIGN
Cinzia Bongino

PROFESSOR
Frans Bevers

MA Information Design
Design Academy Eindhoven - Trimester 1
A special thanks to Sergi Casero for the much helpful advice and the perfect naming for my agency.

And thanks also to the DAE Student Coucil, which let me kindly use their office.
I received 336 photos of Athens from Angelikki and she got mine: have a look here on what she had to deal with.





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