Reuse and sustainability of the Gasworks of Athens
This presentation indicates the reuse methodologies of the old Gasworks, a unique industrial monument in the centre of Athens that belongs to the Technopolis City of Athens S.A. The Industrial Gas Museum promotes the historical information of the tangible and intangible gas heritage to foster diversity and sustainability, aiming at a museum that is open to the public, accessible, and inclusive. Furthermore, Technopolis owns a well-known cultural space that hosts a significant number of cultural events per year, such as concerts, exhibitions, and festivals. Moreover, the inauguration of Innovathens in 2014 aims to strengthen entrepreneurship, encourage the innovative spirit, and offer opportunities for education and retraining in new technologies and digital skills. This three-pillar approach of Technopolis combines the industrial past with the cultural present and the innovative future aiming at a sustainable and resilient organization in the centre of Athens that has to face the challenges of an ever-changing global environment.
Konstantinos Bitzanis was born in Athens. He studied Industrial Engineering with postgraduate studies in Regional Planning. He has twenty years of professional experience in upper management positions in the Greek industry. From 2009 to 2011, he was the Director of the Industrial Museum of Hermoupolis, from 2011, CEO of the Technopolis City of Athens and from 2017 to 2019, President of the City of Athens Culture, Sport and Youth Organization (OPANDA). He has published several articles and studies on the economy, industrial policies and culture.