Center of Mediterranean Architecture
The Center of Mediterranean Architecture is a municipal enterprise that has its headquarters in Chania. It is part of the Architecture Network of the Ministry of Culture. It was founded in 1997 after the initiative of the Municipality of Chania and it is funded by the Municipality of Chania and the Ministry of Culture.
The main aim of the Center is to design and supervise various activities and programs focusing on space management and architecture. In the Mediterranean countries and specifically in Crete, there are many problems around space management and architecture, due to a lack of organization and control of the tourist industry that often threatens the environment and the local culture.
Architecture as an art is closely connected to the climate, environment, and other social, historical and cultural conditions of each locality, as well as to its people and the needs of each community. However, the importance of architecture is often degraded because of the modern mentality of fast profit and investments that does not consider the effects in the wider community and environment. The Center of Mediterranean Architecture was founded in order to deal with these problems and put architecture back on stage. The main aim of the Center is to promote architecture as an art and as a necessity for a better quality of life and to express the "Mediterranean Identity" that makes this place special.