Greek Architecture: Modernity and Tradition
Greece has inherited a rich tradition of architecture history from its ancient, medieval, and early modern past. Its monuments have played a central role in how to negotiate past and present, heritage and progress, stasis and revolution in the modern world. Having participated in all the major debates of European architecture, Greece offers an open air laboratory to investigate how buildings negotiate historical change, social conflict, globalization, and crises. While offering an introduction of Greek architectural history since antiquity, the course focuses on how this history was deployed in revolutionary changes on how architecture was conceived in global history. Three catalytic changes in architecture used three mutual exclusive Greek prototypes. Neoclassicism revived ancient architecture in the early 19th century, Romanticism revived Byzantine architecture in the late 19th century, and Modernism revived vernacular architecture in the early 20th century. Studying new and old side-by-side teaches us the power of architecture as a language read vertically across time and horizontally across space.
Fundamental to this course is learning how to see. In order to see, we must learn how to translate the complexity of visual experience into a shared visual language. No previous knowledge of drawing is necessary. We will learn the fundamental modes of representation (plan, elevation, perspective) used in architectural communication, as well as new digital media of 3D-modeling, video, and virtual reality. A hands-on approach will turn the students from passive viewers into active makers. Beyond giving an introduction to Greek architecture across time, it will teach students the basic skills of architectural analysis regardless of space or time. Much of the class will take place outdoors as we document real walls in Athens, the mainland, and the islands. The architectural immersion will culminate in a civic-engagement experience of assisting a community of Orthodox nuns renovate their medieval monastery.
This course requires a minimum enrollment of 15, with a maximum enrollment of 24.
CYA reserves the right to cancel any course that fails to achieve minimum enrollment by April 1. Students are advised not to purchase non-refundable airline tickets before early April.
60 contact hours
Students who submit their application for admission with full payment postmarked on or before March 1, receive a reduction of $100.
Students who enroll and participate in more than one CYA summer course receive a reduction of $100 per course.
The course starts in Athens on Monday June 25 and ends in Athens on Saturday July 21. Transportation between Athens, Syros, Santorini and Hydra as well as during day excursions is included in the course fee.Enrolled students will have access to detailed information prior to departure that will include directions to the Academic Center and other practical information about the course. CYA recommends the following websites for general information about Athens and Greece: http://www.athensguide.com/ and http://www.greektravel.com/.
Students are housed within walking distance of the CYA Academic Center in either CYA student apartments located in the Pangrati neighborhood of central Athens or in hotel accommodations arranged by CYA. CYA apartments are simply furnished and equipped with a full kitchen and air-conditioned bedrooms; towels, linens and housekeeping service will be provided. Hotel accommodations in Athens or during excursions will be in simple 2- or 3-star hotels, double- or triple-occupancy, with air-conditioned rooms.
The CYA Academic Center is located next to the Athens Marble Stadium and houses classrooms, the library, the student lounge and cafeteria, computer facilities (including wireless access for those students who choose to bring laptop computers), laundry facilities, and administrative offices. The Academic Center is accessible Monday-Thursday 9:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m., Friday 9:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m., and Sunday 5:00-9:00 p.m..
A full mid-day meal will be served weekdays in the CYA cafeteria between the hours of 12:00-3:00 p.m. A welcome and a farewell dinner are also included in the course fee.
Arrival: Monday June 25
9:00 a.m.: Check-in begins at the CYA Academic Center. Pick up information folder from Student Affairs and course materials from the Librarian. Transfer to CYA apartments or to CYA-arranged hotel accommodations.
6:00 p.m.: Orientation session at the Academic Center followed by welcome dinner offering students the opportunity to meet their Professor and fellow students.
Class begins: Tuesday June 26
Last Day of Class: Friday July 20
Last class and final examination. Farewell dinner
Departure: Saturday July 21
Accommodations available till 11:00 am.