Field Trips

Kypseli: Socio-spatial transformations and segregation in a central neighbourhood of Athens

 

Kypseli is one of the most densely populated and multicultural neighbourhoods of Athens. In the dominant public discourse, migrant residents in Kypseli have been accused of being collectively responsible for problems of urban and social decay and the neighbourhood has been stigmatised as one of the most dangerous “ghettos” of the city centre. The field trip concerns the historic processes of urban development and social transformations of the neighbourhood, and discusses the difficulties of social cohesion and the “challenge” of multi-ethnic coexistence.

 

Friday, August 30 / 09:00 / Victoria Station, Metro Line 1 (green line), exit: Victoria Square (direction: Piraeus) / Participants: 25 max

Friday, August 30 / 11:00 / Victoria Station, Metro Line 1 (green line), exit: Victoria Square (direction: Piraeus) / Participants: 25 max

Dourgouti: a refugees’ neighbourhood

 

Dourgouti is an Athenian neighborhood with an intense migratory history that even today continues to accept new waves of migrants and refugees. The first residents were Armenian refugees and then Greeks from various regions of Asia Minor in the 1920s. The apartment buildings that were built by the state for those who could not afford to be housed by their own means, nowadays accommodate new-immigrants and also descendants (children or grandchildren) of older residents of the neighborhood who continue the history of Dourgouti.

 

Friday, August 30 / 09:00 / Neos Kosmos station, Metro line 2 (red line), exit: Pissa Street / Participants: 25 max

Friday, August 30 / 11:00 / Neos Kosmos station, Metro line 2 (red line), exit: Pissa Street / Participants: 25 max

Metaxourgio: a central neighbourhood of Athens in transition

 

The area is characterized by an atypical process of urban transformation that combines real estate housing development with a visible presence of migrants in the housing and commercial sector. Critical aspects on gentrification and redlining theories, safety/security and immigrants’ residential patterns will be discussed and challenged in the Athenian context. The opposed socio-spatial dynamics of the area, as well as the challenges that emerge from the current economic recession, are at the center of the field trip’s interest.

 

Friday, August 30 / 09:00 / Omonia station, Metro line 1 or 2 (green line or red line), exit: Stadiou Street (metro sign on the square) / Participants: 25 max

Friday, August 30 / 11:00 / Omonia station, Metro line 1 or 2 (green line or red line), exit: Stadiou Street (metro sign on the square) / Participants: 25 max

Dwelling without Housing: the Homeless Geographies of central Athens

 

How is the city dwelled by those defined by the lack of housing? This tour will expand through the multiple spaces —and times— that constitute the homeless city. Its spine will be the geographies of care in Athens city centre: night shelters, day centres, hostels, soup kitchens. These geographies circulate bodies differently, produce different expressions of discipline and philanthropy, and are made through different discourses and materialities. And these geographies are contested too.

 

Friday, August 30 / 09:00 / Omonia station, Metro line 1 or 2 (green line or red line), exit: Stadiou Street (metro sign on the square) / Participants: 25 max

Friday, August 30 / 11:00 / Omonia station, Metro line 1 or 2 (green line or red line), exit: Stadiou Street (metro sign on the square) / Participants: 25 max