URBS 334

Greek Island Architecture, Culture, and Identity. (Naxos, Amorgos, Santorini, Tinos)

Major Discipline(s):
Urbanism & Sustainability
Semester(s):
Summer Session II (June 30 - July 28, 2021)
Instructor(s):
Syllabus(s):
Note: This course starts on the island of Naxos and ends on the island of Tinos.  Students should make airline reservations to arrive into Athens on June 29 and depart from Athens on July 29, in order to allow time for ferry transportation to and from the islands. Summer Ferry companies usually announce their summer schedules in late spring. Students are responsible for their overnight accommodations before and after the course dates. 

This four-week course is a voyage into the life and architecture of four Cycladic islands aiming to offer students an opportunity to consider questions of dwelling, belonging, and identity through an investigation of their practices of making sustainable living. The overarching aim of this course is to explore the meaning of unique island spaces: the private, the public, and the communal. We aim to understand what “dwelling” really means when it is fully engaged with the environment, histories and local practices.

The course will take place on four different islands, each revealing a unique history and tradition. We will spend five days on each island sketching, observing, writing, interviewing, studying, and exploring what everyday life is like in these communities. The final thirteen days will be spent on Tinos where students will be invited to work collectively and suggest solutions to the various challenges they observed. The course will conclude with a  forum on these matters,  joined by artists, researchers and architects.


A video message from course professor Maria Vidali: