Athens Project

Research project on the city of Athens, its architecture and planning history, in relation to the politics of labour, economy, law and social struggles.
(2009 – PRESENT)

Platon Issaias
Architecture, Archive, Collective Equipment, Criticism, Domesticity, Economy, Housing, Infrastructure, Movements, Policy, Social movements, Study, Territorial, Theory, Urban

Platon’s main research interests in architecture and urban design explore architecture in relation to the politics of labour, economy, law and social struggles. Tracing the link between conflict, urban management and architectural form, his research work has been formulated within The City as a Project Research Collective and developed to his PhD dissertation and multiple publications, lectures, seminars, and course material – history/theory and design studios.

His thesis ‘Beyond the Informal City: Athens and the possibility of an Urban Common’ investigated the recent history of planning in Athens and the Greek city, defining an original method of study of urban form through distinct paradigmatic objects, legal frameworks and the politics of urban development. Since, this relation between archetypes and protocols has formulated a new approach into the history of the city and research-by-design practices.

Currently, Platon is working on a book proposal with selected chapters and essays on Athens as a Project (to be published in 2022)

The following book chapters, articles and conference papers emerged from this work: 

2020. From asset to debt and dispossession: Housing in the years of economic crisis in Greece.

Paper presentation and lead panel in: Housing and the City, organised by AHRA (Architectural Humanities Research Association), 19-21 November 2020.

Paper presentation in: PhD Symposium, organised by the City/Architecture PhD Programme of the Architectural Association, London, 26 October 2016.

2019. Designing the Informal – The case of Greece.

Essay and conference transcripts published in: Athens: From Informal to Paradigm. Athens: Futura, 190-205.

[link to the book]

2017. Domestic, Production and Debt: for a Theory of the Informal.

Book chapter in: Stoppani, Teresa, Giorgio Ponzo, and George Themistokleous, eds. This Thing Called Theory. London: Routledge, 220-230.

[Link to the book]

2017. From Flat to the City: The construction of Modern Greek Subjectivity.

Essay in: Joelho – Journal of Architecture 8 (2017): Ideas and Practices for the European City: 126-139.

Paper presentation in: Existential Territories: Architecture and Subjectivity, conference organised by the School of Architecture, Royal College of Art, 17-18 November 2017) and Hong Kong University, Faculty of Architecture, 26 January 2018.

[Link to the journal]

2015. Language/Diagram/Machine: Dom-ino and the Greek City.

Paper presentation in: Ελ/Le Corbusier: Genealogies, international conference organised by the School of Architecture, National Technical University of Athens, Greece, 29-31 October 2015.

2015. What the Generic is not: Athens as a case against the informal.

Paper presentation in: Changing Cities II: Spatial Design, Landscape and Socio-economic Dimensions, international conference organized by the Department of Planning and Regional Development, University of Thessaly, under the aegis of the Greek Ministry of Environment, Energy & Climate Change, Porto Heli, Peloponnese, Greece, 22-26 June 2015. Special session: Urban Design as a Creative Tool, organizer: Dr. Thanos Pagonis.

2015. From Archetypes to Protocols: Projects for Athens.

Paper presentation in: Thinking Spatial Practice within and against the Law, conference organised by Birkbeck Institute of Social Research (BISR), University of London, 19 June 2015.

2014. Tout va bien: The Maison Dom-ino and the Social Contract of Modern Greece.

Paper presentation in: the Dom-ino Effect, symposium organised by Pier Vittorio Aureli and Thomas Weaver at the Architectural Association, School of Architecture, 14 March 2014.

2013. The Absence of Plan as a Project.

Book chapter in: Aureli, Pier Vittorio, ed. The City as a Project. Berlin: Ruby Press, 292-331.

[Link to the book]

2013. Domestic Nightmares: Social Conflicts and the Production of Residential Space in Interwar Athens, 1922-1936.

Paper presentation in: Plentitudes and Emptiness, symposium of Architectural Research by Design, organised by the School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture, College of Art – University of Edinburgh, 4-6 October 2013.

2013. Two Buildings and a Movie: Alienation, Conflict and Architectural Form.

Paper presentation in: Athens Symposium, organised by the MArch Urban Design at the Bartlett School of Architecture, London, 27 May 2013.

2012. From Dom-ino to Polykatoikia.

Essay published in: DOMUS 962 (October 2012): 74-87. With Pier Vittorio Aureli and Maria S. Giudici.

[Link to the essay

2012. Labour, City, Architecture.

Essay published in: Dragonas, Panos and Anna Skiada, eds. Made In Athens, catalogue of the Greek Pavilion on the 13th International Architectural Exhibition – Venice Biennale. Athens: YPEKA, 313-319. With Pier Vittorio Aureli and Maria S. Giudici.


Fatura Collaborative – Research & Design Practice, was founded in 2009 and is developing projects across a wide range of scales, from intimate objects and performance, to architecture, urban design and planning. We are interested in architecture as social infrastructure, in developing collective equipments, in the design of spaces of care, empathy and welfare. We design and research expanding new problematics about ecology, the domestic, everyday life and the city.



is an architect and researcher based in London. She studied architecture in Patras, Greece, and currently is a PhD candidate at the School of Architecture at the Royal College of Art in London. Her research focuses on the intersections between social movements and the state apparatus, and centers around the ad-hoc infrastructures created for welfare provision during periods of crisis. She has practiced architecture in the UK and worked in the housing, healthcare, and education sectors in collaboration with public authorities and established architectural practices. Prior to London, Elisavet gained experience as an architect in Athens and Madrid.


is an architect, researcher, and educator. He studied architecture in Thessaloniki, Greece, and holds an MSc from Columbia University and a PhD from TU Delft and The City as a Project research collective. He is the director of Projective Cities MPhil programme at the Architectural Association, where he is also teaching Diploma Unit 7 with Hamed Khosravi. Previously, he has taught at the Berlage Institute (Netherlands), in the MArch Urban Design programme at the Bartlett, the RCA, Syracuse University and the University of Cyprus. His research interests explore urban design and architecture in the relation to the politics of labour, economy, law and labour struggles. He has written and lectured extensively about Greek urbanisation and the politics of urban development.


is an architect and educator, and recently joined the Heinz Architectural Center at the Carnegie Museum of Art as Associate Curator. He earned his diploma of Architecture at the National Technical University of Athens and an SMarchS degree from MIT. Since 2009, he has been practicing as a founding member of Fatura Collaborative, an architecture and research collective. His PhD dissertation, “Architectures of the Humanitarian Front” (Yale University), explores the nexus of humanitarian organizations and architecture and their relation to conflict, displacement and the provision of shelter.


is an architect based in Lund, Sweden. He graduated in 2010 from the School of Architecture of the National Technical University of Athens and holds an MSc in Energy Efficient and Environmental Building Design from the School of Architecture of Lund University (2015). He has practiced architecture as a freelance architect in Greece and currently in Sweden (eg. Tengbom architects), where he works on a wide range of projects including small houses, larger residential complexes as well as care, educational and industrial facilities.


graduated in 2007 from the School of Architecture of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece. She holds the MSc in Advanced Architectural Design from GSAPP, Columbia University (2008). In June 2016, she was awarded the degree of Doctor of Philosophy by the Architectural Association. Her thesis dealt with the transition towards abstraction in art and architecture during the end of 19th and early 20th centuries, with an emphasis on interwar architectural modernism in Germany. Alexandra has been teaching at the AA since 2012, where she is currently a studio master in the First Year Studio of the Experimental Programme and a Programme Coordinator and Course tutor in the MArch Architecture & Urbanism (DRL) programme. She has practiced as an architect in New York and Athens.