[In]Visible Athens: Experiencing Art and Architecture 

Exploring the non touristic side of Athens 

The programme deals with the creative process within architecture and reveals how it weaves together art, inspiration and creativity.

Through a series of lectures, educational activities, fieldtrips and workshops, participants will have the chance to see and articulate connections between art and architecture. The field lab will be a tour of Athens to see some of its most significant works of ancient and modern art and architecture. Participants will combine creativity in photography, collage and concrete examples in art and architecture.


Learning Outcomes and Goals

On completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Develop their personal views and ideas towards art and architecture.
  • Explore and analyze historical and contemporary practice to support the development of their personal ideas.
  • Synthesize knowledge to produce creative responses.
  • Understand art and space, through the lens of architecture.
  • Know how arts influence architecture.
  • Think creatively and to express views about art and architecture.

Highlights & Advantages  

Participants will broaden their horizons and understand how arts and architecture serve as a regulatory force in our lives through many different media (collages, photography exposition, notes, sketches)and get a unique perspective on Athens and a unique opportunity to take part in Athens historical continuum.

Site visits (out-of-class experiences that supplement lectures as an integral part of the programme):

Athens Walking Tour: “Neighborhoods of the Gods”
The experience of the field trip focuses on the multiple dimensions and contradicting realities of the city of Athens. The historic districts at the foot of the Acropolis demonstrate the relationship between the individual, the historical landscape and the designed environment of Athens.

Acropolis Museum: “Integration of the Historic Cityscape in the Contemporary City”
With the Acropolis rock as a background, participants will get a full view of the Parthenon sculptures as they used to be on the ancient building and appreciate the museum atmosphere, the natural lighting and the views of the excavations through the glass floors.

Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Centre (SNFCC): “Athens Waterfront”
The field trip includes the new buildings in the Falirikon Delta construction site of the Greek National Opera and of the National Library of Greece as well as the Stavros Niarchos Park, a large-scale landscaped park that opens the city to the waterfront.

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