In February 2016 I visited Athens with my university. Here I found a true fondness for travel.
I also went to a gay bar and climbed a mountain.
The aim of the trip was to collaborate with fellow Greek design students on an explorative project using images, sketches and collage to show the battle between public and private spaces in Athens.
One of the first things I noticed was how derelict the majority of the buildings were. The treatment of buildings is so vastly different to that in England, back home classical architecture is more than likely listed let alone allowed to dishevel and be marked with public art. Architecture is left to the public in Athens.
The ruins are visible from the street, while something to be marveled at they become daily life for the locals The streets were lined with these textures tiles which are apparently there to guide the blind around the city with greater ease. Perhaps because of the economic status of Greece, the old and new merge in a seamless way. Buildings are very rarely knocked down or rebuilt, merely added to or renovated creating a patchwork of historical and modernSnake skin pathMonastiraki Square
Peds line the streets. On our third day, during our visit to the university, I asked Tassios why there were barriers that made it hard for even people to pass through (although short enough to step over) and he explained that if they weren’t there the public spaces would be awash with shoddily parked peds
The Acropolis Museum
Architect: Bernard Tschumi of New York and Micheal Photiadis of Athens
The top floor, the Parthenon Gallery, was designed to allow spectacular and unique views of Athens and of the historical Parthenon
Teaming up with the Greek students gave us the opportunity to explore the town a little more authentically, and fortunately, Tassios was more than happy to show us the true Athens which I captured above.
It was these images we used to complete the mapping challenge at the Faculty of Applied Arts and Design with Tassios and Marileni. Each group chose to focus on a different aspect of public and private spaces. One group presented a series of maps which showed a correlation between the sun path through the streets and the position of market stalls.
Tassios and Marileni; Our localMy sketchbookThe University of Athens’ resident art supply shop
The last day was ours to spend as we pleased and I’m thankful I spent mine filling up on a breakfast of fresh quiche before climbing a mountain to see The Parthenon.