The program focuses on comparative studies of Mediterranean urban and island communities. Beginning with an exploration of the importance of public spaces in Athens, we then shift focus to examining traditional medieval villages of the Aegean and Ionian Islands. The course emphasizes studies in sustainable development in urban and traditional Mediterranean Island communities and includes field investigations emphasizing sustainable development, the study of village form, and current issues facing Greece. Students will explore neighborhoods in transition in Athens as well as ancient sites and will assess village form using sustainability criteria. Our residency stay in Ithaca focuses on a design project as part of our continuing research in Ithaca. The Ithaca project received the 2017 Outstanding Student Planning Study awarded by the American Planning Association and the Planning Association of Washington.
Explore Mediterranean architecture, urban planning, traditional village development, and culture while performing fieldwork in village community settings.
The program involves 3 parts:
Part 1: Our exploration begins exploring urban Athens, examining urban design and spaces, the city’s historic development, one of Europe’s most important “anarchist” neighborhoods, pedestrian development of the central city, historical sites, cultural events, and museums, and the impacts of austerity and migration.
Part 2: involves visiting Aegean and Ionian islands for comparative studies of traditional settlement design, including Syros, Corfu, Paxos, and Lefkada islands.
Part 3 includes our residency in the island of Ithaca.
Expectations of Participants
Activities include visits to museums, cultural sites, and hikes to and around medieval hilltop villages. With or without reasonable accommodations, students must be able to: sit and/or walk for 8 hours/day, walk for hours at a time in warm weather, climb stairs and stand for prolonged periods.
Periodic refrigeration provided in many, but not all of our accommodations. Durations of traveling with no refrigeration available.