X-Athenas: Architecture & Public Space Stories in Contemporary Athens

Figure 1. P. Babasikas: Rocks: Acropolis, Koukaki, Kallithea

ARC300H0 F / ARC2016H F
Instructor: Petros Babasikas
Meeting Section: L0101
Summer 2024
Travel Dates: May 14 - June 4, 2024


This Summer Studio and Workshop investigates contemporary Athens as a living laboratory of urban change, questioning theories of architecture and urbanism against different sites and itineraries, asking students to directly explore, document and navigate the city.

They do so via a series of routes – seven walking seminars – focusing on specific Athenian commons –squares, gardens, walkways, buildings, monuments, waterscapes, and ancient sites – producing composite drawings and images curated in a log, as a result of on-site documentations.

Following this, students focus on a single part of the city, where they project collaboratively on a topic of climate adaptation, crisis, and resilience. The course includes collaborations with partner institutions – the National Museum of Contemporary Art (EMST) and the Department of Architecture, University of Patras.


In order to apply, please submit a paragraph describing your interest in the Athens, Greece course, 5 work samples (student work), and a short CV. This course is available to HBA AS students in year 2 or higher who completed ARC200H1 and ARC201H1.

Applications are to be submitted HERE (Please note the form is limited to 1 submission. Further editing and amendments are NOT allowed after the form has been submitted.).

Information sessions for this course will be held on Wednesday, February 7, 2024 from 12:00pm – 2:00pm (please see email for more details).

The deadline to apply is Monday, February 19, 2024 at 11:59pm EST.