Space and Tradition
of Michael Arapoglou

Space and Tradition are two words that have been forgotten by man of the industrial revolution. Today, era of eminently disputes and thinking, both of these words are very useful. By default tradition is the oral or written transfer of habits from one generation to another. Other times, the transfer is done with examples. Then, the space is an area defined by specified points. In this area lives and develops a society that carries its habits from generation to generation. Space and society, society and tradition, are forms that co-exist today, particularly, in rural areas. So one that studies tradition and space is predominantly in rural areas.

"Do not lose your courage we always knew that our great dream does not fit within these four walls ...” Tasos Livaditis

The Stonemasons



 With their word as the contract - and only that - and organized in groups or crowds, "ntaifades" or bunches, guilds or unions, the masters of Ioannina -just like of other areas of Greece- have made history for their elaborate constructions, while impressive is their distinct way of life, but also the peculiar code word language developed for communicating with each other.


Publication Date: 05/08/2012


MANOLIS PIPERAKIS, Learn to build stone, Heraklion, page: 100

The newspapers have a regular column for literature, cinema, theater, music, but not architecture. Architects and engineers don’t virtually engage in journalism. Why? The conditions of the profession and their lives, apparently. The craftsmen, do not write books. For their work, once admired in the world, speak folk traditions: For the design of Hagia - Sophia, the bridge of Arta, for foundations of buildings on the bridge of Koukou in Alpheus, which the scaffolding mold stepped on "hair-trichies", for the detailed plan under which was done “the bridge of Uzun Kiopru” (long bridge) in Eastern Thrace. Direct, albeit sporadic, information from craftsmen we read in newspapers that came out in Mastorochoria: