Infrastructures of Solidarity and Care in Athens

PhD Research by Elisavet Hasa, School of Architecture, Royal College of Art.
(2016 – PRESENT)

Elisavet Hasa
Activism, Agency, Architecture, Archive, Care, conference paper, Domesticity, Infrastructure, Network, Online, Research, Social movements, Urban

Elisavet’s research work focuses on the intersections between social movements and the state apparatus, which she investigates through the lens of the built environment. Charting an inclusive history of the activities of social movements, including political activism and spatial occupation, her work aims to highlight new local and international networks of exchange, support and struggle among social movements, along with their agency in design histories. Her PhD dissertation comprises a technical and historical archive of care provision infrastructures that emerged from the activities of social movements during the last decade in Greece. It investigates through architecture, the system-building symptom of these initially small-scale independent infrastructures and their attempt to scale up their spatial, organisational and technical systems as they  originated in one place, growing in response to particular ecological, legal, political, and institutional techniques.

[Link to the research profile]

Currently, Elisavet is working towards the completion of her PhD thesis, while the following presentations and conference papers emerged from this work:

2020. The constitution of solidarity clinics and pharmacies as spaces for collective care and the effects on marginalized groups in Greece.

Conference paper and round table discussion in: Making-Do in Urbanism and the Arts 2020, conference organised by the UO SLOW LAB, College of Design, University of Oregon, 20 November 2020. [Link to the conference]

2020. 15 November 2013, Athens: The new constitutional charter for healthcare infrastructure and the effects on marginalised groups in Greece.

Paper presentation in: PhD Symposium, organised by the PhD Programme of the School of Architecture, Royal College of Art, London, 13 November 2020.

2020. Collectives of care in architecture.

Paper presentation and round table discussion in: Economies of Exhaustion: The Ethics of Academic, Architectural, Artistic Labour, symposium organised by the Bartlett School of Architecture, and chaired by Jane Rendell and Peg Rawes, London, 05 February 2020. [Link to the symposium]

2018. The rise of solidarity movements and the architecture of collective equipment in Athens.

Paper presentation in: Structural Instabilities, History, Environment, and Risk in Architecture, conference organised by the Weitzman School of Architecture, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 05-06 April 2018. [Link to the conference]


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, researcher and educator based in London. She holds a diploma in architecture from the School of Architecture of the University of Patras, Greece (2015) and was awarded a PhD from the School of Architecture at the Royal College of Art (2022). Her thesis dealt with the materiality of grassroots, ad hoc and mutual aid projects by social movements in Europe and the United States, with an emphasis on their relationship with the state. She is teaching in undergraduate architectural design studios and history and theory courses at the London South Bank University and Central Saint Martins. She is also a registered architect in the UK (ARB) and Greece (TCG) and has practiced architecture in London, Madrid and Athens.


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.