Oslo School of Architecture
Thursday, 9th of March ‘Athens before and after the 19th century’:
The foundation of the modern-Greek state in the mid-1800s was followed by extensive operations of cleansing and 'constructing' the archaeological sites and the national narratives relating to them.
The walk lasts 3 hours and takes you through the city's historical core, including 19th century Neoclassical monuments, medieval and archaeological sites and traces of the city's reformation which was led by preservation and restoration of ancient monuments. Simultaneously, we will be able to see vernacular and Byzantine constructions that also made interesting uses of the past, incorporating spoglia and material traces of the past. The walk includes a contemporary project by architect Dimitris Pikionis which is famous for retaining a peculiar balance between the two aforementioned attitudes; the organized archaeological national narrative and the ad-hoc re-assemblage of heterogeneous pieces of the past.
The walk starts from Panepistimiou avenue in front of the Neoclassical Trilogy, heads to Syntagma Square, passes through Plaka neighbourhood and ends up on Filopappou Hill with great views towards the Acropolis of Athens. Please note that this walk will not enter any archaeological sites.
Friday, 10th of March ‘Athens in the 20th century’
Greece has a great reserve of Modernist buildings that range from the 1930s to the post-war years. But the idea of 20th century heritage is not yet established.
The walk lasts 5 hours and takes you through more urban neighbourhoods of Athens and a series of private and public modern buildings, ranging from apartment buildings of the 1930s to public buildings (hotels, museums, schools) of the 1950s onwards. Although several of these buildings are informed by the preceding attitudes of respect to the past (as we will explain in the first walk) their modern-day condition is a testament to the fact that they are undervalued and not considered as potential objects of re-storation. Nevertheless, their architectural form, combined with their intertwining with the city's social and political history (and the material traces of such instances) are an ideal starting point for discussing how and why to re-store them. The walk starts from The School of Architecture, passes through the area of Exarchia, up Lycabettus hill to the neighbourhood of Kolonaki and finally reaches the area of Vassilisis Sofias avenue and the Panathenaic Stadium.
Total rate per person for both activities: EUR 65 including taxes and handling fees.
An extra handling fee of 2.6% applies for the online payment via credit card.