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Water for everyone

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So grey and so serious!

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No photoshop at all!

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Maybe the last not-block-flat-house in my neighbourhood

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Life (dance school) and Death ()

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A bed everywhere

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Time goes by

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Hide and Seek

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Underground spaces

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Renovate everything

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Color the grey of our lifes

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Color your space

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Intercult Tales

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City Port

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Proposal of the times

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City Blues

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Wonders in the Park

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Retro Balconies

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Iron gaze

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Past gets (a)live

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Construct with a(l)ttitude

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Stand by me

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Desert scene in the city

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A city under construction

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People and places in transition

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City speaks at city link

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Up in the air

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Legendary history greeting the sky

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Blue and dreamy

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Meeting Points-Then and Now

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I, you, IT, we

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City Mind

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shreds of hope and compassion in the city of Athens

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Let's see what the city has to say

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The city laughs

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On the road searching for parks in transition

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Exploring Mr. Taxiarchopoulos' workroom

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The view from my appartment

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Shopping and Art at Kerameikos

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Sky Pentagram

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Urban acrobats

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Gray sky ... lights off

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Street Art

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Homey Wall

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An Elegantly-aged Bus Stop

Project Team

Project co-ordinator

Tatiani Rapatzikou
Tatiani Rapatzikou is Assistant Professor at the department of American Literature and Culture. She holds an M.A. (1996) from Lancaster University in Contemporary Literary Studies and a Ph.D. (2001) in Contemporary American Literature from the University of East Anglia, Norwich, England. For her Ph.D. research she was funded by the Board of Greek State Scholarships Foundation (I.K.Y). Also, she received the Arthur Miller Centre Award (2000) and the BAAS Short Term Travel Award (2000) for her research in the U.S.A. and Canada. In summer 2009, she was a Fulbright Visiting Scholar at the M.I.T. Comparative Media Studies program, while in Spring 2012 she was a Visiting Research School at the Program in Literature at Duke University, U.S.. She teaches courses on 20th century American literature and poetry. Her research interests are in Contemporary American Literature and the New Media, Postmodern Fiction and Poetry, the Technological Uncanny, and Cyberculture/Cyberpunk.

Thessaloniki-based members

Zoe Detsi-Diamanti
Zoe Detsi-Diamanti is Assistant Professor in the Department of American Literature and Culture at Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece. She has been teaching and researching in the field of 18th and 19th- century American culture, society, and political ideology with emphasis on early American drama. Her publications include a book titled Early American Women Dramatists (New York: Garland, 1998) as well as articles in New England Theater Journal, American Drama, American Studies, Prospects. She has also co-edited two collections of essays, The Flesh Made Text (New York: Peter Lang, 2007) and The Future of Flesh (New York: Palgrave/Macmillan, 2009).
Yiorgos D. Kalogeras
Yiorgos D. Kalogeras is Professor of American Ethnic and Minority Literature, Department of English, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece. He has published extensively on Greek American Literature. His publications include Konstantinos Kazantzes Istories tis patridhos mou (2001), Ethnic Geographies: Socio-Cultural Identifications of a Migration (2007), Transcultural Localisms: Responding to Ethnicity in a Globalized World (2006); he has edited Demetra Vaka Browns Haremlik: Some Pages from the Life of Turkish Women (2005) and The Unveiled Ladies of Stamboul (2006). His most recent publications include Are Armenians White? Reading Elia Kazans America, America (2009), Entering Through the Golden Door: Cinematic Representations of a Mythical Moment (MELUS, forthcoming 2012), Retrieval and Invention: The Adaptation of Texts and the Narrativization of Photographs in Films on Immigration (Journal of Modern Greek Studies).
Sakis Serefas
Born in1960 in Thessaloniki, Sakis Serefas still lives there. He holds a B.A. in Medieval and Contemporary Greek Literature from Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. In 2000, he was admitted to Columbia University in New York as a Fulbright Scholar, where he attended classes at the Department of Classical Studies in Greek Language, History and Literature. Until recently, he has published fifty books: poetry collections, fiction, drama, studies on cities, places and poets, translations and anthologies. Thirteen of his drama pieces have been staged by the Greek National Theatre, the National Theatre of Northern Greece, Athens-Epidaurus Festival, Fillipoi-Kavala Festival, Theatro Technis Karolos Koun, Experimental Stage of Art and Tristan Bates Theatre in London. His play Mam received Karolos Koun 2007 award by the Committee of Greek Theatre Critics. His play Melted Butter was presented by the Ministry of Culture in Serajevo International Festival in 2012. His play Mission on Planet Earth received the Ministry of Culture Award in 2007. His play Beware of the Streets was included in the catalogue of The 120 best contemporary European plays of the European Theatre Convention (ETC, 2010). His book A Dinosaur in My Balcony received the prize of the Best Childrens Book for 2008. His book Thessaloniki: Face to Face (text by Sakis Serefas, photos from the archive of Chari Jiakoumi) was awarded the Milos prize as the best Greek album in the 5th Meeting of Photographers in Kythira in 2006, organized by the Cultural Association of Kythira. It has also been translated into French by the Kallimages Publishing House. He has authored the script for the film Rouleman (full length movie, directed by Panos Karkanevatos, 2004), which ran in the 46th International Film Festival of Thessaloniki and the Cannes Festival film market in 2005.
Youli Theodosiadou
Youli Theodosiadou is associate professor of American Literature and Culture in the School of English at Aristotle University. Her research interests focus on the literature and culture of the U.S. South and Womens Studies. She has published articles on Eudora Welty, James Agee, Carson McCullers, Flannery O Connor, Toni Morrison and others in various literary journals and has co-edited a collection of essays titled Histories and Myth-Histories: Made in the U.S.A. (2000). She has also co-edited Gramma: A Journal of Theory and Criticism. She has served as secretary, treasurer and vice-president of the Hellenic Association for American Studies (HELAAS) and is currently a board member of the Southern Studies Forum. Her current publication project explores female identity in works by African American and southern women writers.
Sotos Zachariadis
Sotos Zachariadis was born in Thessaloniki in 1960. He apprenticed in the studios of local painters. He held his first solo exhibition in Thessaloniki in 1984 and in Athens in 1985. Since then his work has been exhibited in Greece, Europe and the United States. In the 80s he became involved with performance art, which culminated in Ihodraseis, staged at the Royal Theatre of Thessaloniki in 1989. From 1989 to 1994 he invited Greek and foreign artists to the Sotos Art Gallery. Between 1992-97 he organized Art Village, an international art festival, in conjunction with Thessalonikis foreign cultural institutes. Since 1983, he has been teaching painting at Eptapyrgion Correctional Institutes and the Psychiatric Hospital of Thessaloniki. He has garnered distinctions in painting contests. He lives and works in Thessaloniki. Sotos Zachariadis received a Fulbright Artist Award in 1993-94 to work and study at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago.

Athens-based members

Konstantinos Blatanis
Konstantinos Blatanis is Lecturer in American Literature and Culture at the Faculty of English Language and Literature, University of Athens. He holds a B.A. (1990) from Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, an M.A. (1992) from the State University of New York at Buffalo, where he studied as a Fulbright fellow, and a Ph.D. (1998) from Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. He is the author of the book Popular Culture Icons in Contemporary American Drama (Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, 2003). Some of his recent articles include, Enacting History/ Defining Wholeness: Suzan-Lori Parkss The America Play and Topdog/Underdog (Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2011), Mediating Acts of War/ Staging Crises of Sensibility (Gramma, 2008), CowboyThe Simulacrum of a Myth: The Course of Writing/Erasing History: Arthur Kopits Indians (Routledge, 2006). His research interests lie in American literature, modern drama, popular culture, media studies, and critical theory.
Kamilo Nollas
He was born in Paris in 1968. He studied the art of photography in Liege, Lyon and Athens. He has been working since 1992 as an independent photographer and photography instructor. His photos appear in public and private collections in Greece and abroad. His first personal exhibition entitled Kapnomagaza: Enigmas, Order and Emptiness was curated by Thanasis Moutsopoulos (2007) and presented in Athens, Thessaloniki and seven other cities around Greece as well as in Paris within the context of Month of Photography (2008) and Istanbul (2009). The title album of the exhibition was published in three languages by Kastaniotis Publishing House and reached the top 100 best albums according to Photoespana (2007).

He received a Fulbright art-scholarship for the year 2009-2010 and attended classes on Video in New Yorks International Center of Photography. The material produced during his stay in the U.S was exhibited at the New Benaki Museum (2011) under the title Mobile in New York curated by the American techno-critic Fred Ritchin. The bilingual catalogue of the exhibition was concurrently published the same year by Kastaniotis Publishing House.

Liana Sakelliou
Born in Athens, Greece, Liana Sakelliou studied English at the University of Athens (B.A.), Edinburgh (Grad Diploma), Essex (M.A.), and The Pennsylvania State University (Ph.D.). She is Professor in English at The University of Athens where she teaches Creative Writing and American Literature. She has written 15 books and her poems, scholarly articles, book reviews, and translations have been published in Greece and the U.S.A. She received the Fulbright Award for the Arts in 1992, the Fulbright Award for Scholarship in 2000, the Stanley J. Seeger Research Fellowship in 2001, the British Council Grant for Travel (1989, 1992, 1993, 1998); the U.S.I.S. Scholarship for Participation in Conferences, The Academy of American Poets Award for University Students in 1985, The West Dean College Poet in Residence Award in 2009, The University of Coimbra and The Monsanto Poet in Residence Award in 2011. She has been a Visiting Fellow at The University of California, Berkeley and Davis (1992); Northwestern University, Evanston (2000); and Princeton University (2001). Since February 2010 she has been offering poetry seminars at the Takis Sinopoulos Foundation. Her poetry collection Prends-moi comme une photographie has just been published by L Harmattan (December 2012).
Theodoros Zafeiropoulos
Born in 1978. Graduated with honors from the School of Fine Arts, Aristoteleian University of Thessaloniki (workshop of G. Golfinos) (1998-2003). He participated in the Erasmus program in the University of Barcelona (2000-2001). He graduated with honors from the MFA program of the School of Fine Arts in Athens (2004-2006). He graduated and honored with the Paula Rhodes Memorial Award from the MFA program of the School of Visual Arts, New York-USA as recipient of the Fulbright, Gerondelis and Al.Onassis Foundations scholarships (2007-2009). Participated in Skowhegan School of painting and Sculpture ME, USA (summer 2009). He is a current PHD candidate in the Department of Architecture, University of Thessaly, Volos, Greece (2009).
Lives and works in Athens and NYC.

Thessaloniki-based Young Leaders

Maria Chatzidimou
Maria Chatzidimou was born in Giannitsa in 1988. Since 2006, she has been living in Thessaloniki, where she received her bachelor degree on English Language and Literature by Aristotle University of Thessaloniki in 2011. She is still creating memories of Thessaloniki due to her master courses on English Literature and Culture that keep her in town. Her main interests circulate around films, gastrotourism, destruction and construction projects, photography, social unrest and cooking. Oh yes! And sometimes she likes to study about feminist porn, abjects, dystopias and Ideological State Apparatuses.
Evaggelia-Evmorfia Giourouki
I come from Larisa. Currently, I'm an undergraduate student in School of English at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. In my free time I enjoy reading and writing. Through my participation in the urban project, I had the opportunity to explore urban space and experience different aspects of urban living. Via a variety of workshops, I met and conversed with artists from various backgrounds and cultures. This has certainly affected the way I approach, view, and understand urbanity.
Stergios Goutsidis
I was born in Larisa on November 30th, 1991. When I was 3 years old, my family moved to N. Orestiada, where I finished school. In 2009, I enrolled in School of English of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, where I am still a student. Taking into consideration my love for Art, I find the Urban Environments project as an opportunity for creative expression through different means and mediums.
Vasilis Harisis
Vasilis Harisis is a PhD candidate in the Department of American Literature and Culture of the Schools of English of Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. He holds a MA in Gender Studies (University of Sussex, UK). His research interest include the American popular culture, music reviewing, feminist and queer theory. He has been involved with the Thessaloniki Cultural Panorama for Gender as well as with FM 100,6 Local 'Volunteer Radio' station."
Zafiroula Kavvadia
I am Zefi Kavvadia, currently completing my undergraduate studies in School of English at Aristotle University and hopefully continuing with an MA in Cultural Studies the year after. I play role-playing games (RPGs) with a special fondness for creative writing RPGs and what really fascinates me is the world of popular culture. The Urban Environments in Transition project was especially relevant for me because I have always felt to be a city child and after all, cities, with their mingling words and ever-changing spaces, are exceptional producers of pop culture!
Evgenia Kleidona
I am Evgenia Kleidona, a fourth year student in the School of English with a background in Linguistics, constantly trying to find ways to combine my love for technology and my poetic inner self. As much as I love nature, there is something about urban environments that really excites me. I love walking around the city, exploring and interacting, feeling the vibes of the city life. Even more so, I love the feeling I get every time I realize that in our urban environment we are so much more connected with each other than we usually think.
Lizzy Pournara
My name is Lizzy Pournara, I am a Postgraduate Student and my research interests are in Postmodern Poetry, Romanticism and Digital Literature. I do enjoy writing poetry and Im fascinated by the material aspect of words. I think of the urban space as a maze in which one gets the opportunity to creative alternative paths, none of which leads to a wrong direction, for every dead-end that is discovered hides a story that waits to be told.
Zoe Rapti
My name is Zoe Rapti. I am 22 years old. I am an undergraduate in my third year of studies in School of English at Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece. I decided to get involved with this project because of its title. I have always been interested in observing the way cities change, especially the city I live in, as well as peoples way of life in them. Though, I never thought that we would get involved in so many artistic activities, I found this challenge very entertaining.
Irini Saridaki
My name is Eirini Saridaki and I am studying at the School of English at the Aristotle University. Thessaloniki has become my hometown for the past few years. This project has given me the opportunity to express my gratitude to the city that has offered me four wonderful student years. At the same time, this project has enabled me to renew my relation with the city by broadening my horizons and learning from and about it from the people who live in it on a daily basis.
Dimitra Triantafyllidou
She was born on the 12th of February in 1992 in Thessaloniki, where she has lived ever since. She is a third-year student at the School of English, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. She enjoys traveling, she likes reading and dancing both ballet and hip hop-, and she is also interested in psychology and sculpture art. She appreciates sincerity, willingness and creativity.
Zoe Tsiviltidou
Tsiviltidou Zoe holds a BA in English Language & Literature from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and an Honors MA in Cultural Policy & Management from the University of Arts in Belgrade and the University Lumière Lyon II. Her academic research addresses the art of storytelling and cultural literacy, intercultural mediation and the art of city making.
Stavroula Vergopoulou
My name is Stavroula Vergopoulou and I am in my third year of studies in the School of English at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece. I was born and raised in Thessaloniki, and I still live here. I love my city and I am interested in its all-level exploration. Furthermore, I am fond of arts (mostly music, creative writing, painting and photography), which in my opinion can make the urban environment extremely appealing and even more inspiring.

Athens-based Young Leaders

Tasoula Asimakopoulou
My name is Tasoula Asimakopoulou and I am 22 years old. I was born and raised in Alimos, a suburb in the south of Athens. I am a recent graduate of the Faculty of English Language and Literature, School of Philosophy, at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens. In May 2012, I completed my two-month practice teaching (teaching English as a foreign language) at Psychico College, Hellenic American Educational Foundation. I intend to pursue postgraduate studies in English literature in the near future. Through my participation in the project, I had the opportunity to engage with the complexities of urban living on a theoretical level. I also got to explore the city centre more sustainedly and discover uncharted and, as it turned out, wonderfully intriguing nooks and crannies (such as the river Heridanos).
Eleni Bourantani
Eleni [Nelly] Bourantani, born in 1976 in Piraeus, holds a BA in English Language and Literature and an MA in Translation-Translation Theory, both from the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens. Since 2000, she has been a teacher of English Language at state schools. She is also involved in literary translation and creative writing. Her most recent published work is the translation of Katerina Valaoritiss poetic volume (Athens: , 2012). She also wrote a winning entry in the competition on intercultural dialogue organized by the British Council, Ianos, and Ta Nea in Greece in November 2008 (Habari Rafiki!, Imagine your Future in a Changing City, Athens: Ianos Publications, 2009).
Anastasia Kapetanou
My name is Anastasia Kapetanou. I have a BA in Sociology from the American College of Greece and an MA in Applied Research from the City University of New York and I have been working in the area of marketing research since 2003. I entered the English department of the School of Philosophy in 2005 and I am a degree pending student with a concentration in English Literature and Culture. My interests include representations of the American city in literary texts and film and this is why I am participating in the project Urban Environments in Transition.
Alice Loupou
My name is Alice Loupou and I'm a fourth year student at the Faculty of English Studies. I was born in Thessaloniki in 1991, but I live in Cholargos, Athens, since I was 5 years old. Even though I do not live close to the center of Athens, I go there quite often and I hope that it will thrive. I am amateurishly involved in creating short movies and painting. Additionally, I am interested in volunteering, thus I am a volunteer at the Hospital of the Hellenic Airforce and a new member of Mensa's social intervention group.
Lamprini Michou
Lamprini Michou was born in Athens. She has a B.A in English Language and Literature (National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, 1995-1999) and a M.A in Film Studies (University of East Anglia, U.K 1999- 2000). She has attended various creative writing seminars and film seminars and was involved in the creation and performance of two theatrical plays A photograph: Hilda Doolittle (History Museum University of Athens, 2008) and The edge of the Attraction (Hellenic and American Union, 2009). Also she was co-scriptwriter and co-director in the short fiction film Elpida (2008) and in the short documentary Kypseli (2009). She has recently completed her first personal film Ad Libitum. Her interests are poetry, scriptwriting and cinematography.
Polytimi Mitsakou
My name is Polytimi Mitsakou. I study in the English Department of the National Kapodistrian University of Athens and I am currently at my fourth and last year of my bachelor. I cherish a love for the English language and a deeper one for literature. During the spring semester of 2012 I went on an Erasmus in Finland where I fell in love with the beauties of the land, but also while being there I understood, why my country and especially the city in which I live, has a very profound meaning and influence on me (the realization arising when being far away from it and grasping the intertwined relationship that exists between a city and its individuals). Ive been writing in a student magazine for the last 3 years and I enjoy it very much since I can feel a different rhythm of the city than the ones we are used to in our everyday lives. Creativity and imagination, team spirit and cooperation, socializing with sharp minds of the new generations are things that redeem us and broaden our horizons day by day and offer us a fresher insight to the citys heart. Thats why I find this project (Urban Environments in Transition) perfectly connected with any creative or artistic act that takes place within urban environments from the restless spirits of our era. I love the urban contradictory images of filth and cleanness, of passions and sloth, abundance and lack, light and darkness, experiences that trigger an explosion of emotions either positive or negative, all cases being warmly welcome. Urban Environments in Transition is eventually a process that never stops
Maria Nikolopoulou
I was born in Athens in 1991 and finished the 24th High School in 2009. I am currently a fourth year student at the department of English Language and Literature and I have a keen interest in translation. Thanks to my participation in the Erasmus exchange program last year, I got the chance to visit and observe the urban environments of various European cities. The theme of the city and its transition concerns me greatly as I live very near the center of Athens.
Sofia Salta
Born and raised in the city of Athens I have always been in contact with the urban environment and the life of the city. Ever since I was little, I have always liked to take long walks in order learn my city from within. I have always participated in voluntary programs in order to ameliorate our lives in the city and help those who were not so lucky as I were.
Angeliki Tseti
I have obtained a BA on English Language and Literature from the University of Athens and an MA on Contemporary Literary Studies from Lancaster University in the U.K, and I have been working as an English language teacher in secondary education. As of 2009, I have been a doctorate candidate doing a joint thesis at the University of Athens and the Université Paris VII Diderot in France. My thesis investigates word-image interactions and more specifically the use of photography in literary texts.
Born and raised in Athens, I have always been surrounded by an urban environment and have always been enchanted by its multifaceted quality. I am intrigued by the many surprises that can lie hidden in alleys and arcades and I am entranced by the energy emanated from the city centre. What interests me the most, however, is the way a city constitutes both a living organism on its own, subject to development and change, and the sum of the people inhabiting it, a reflection of their lives and activities. My fascination with the urban environment has been renewed through the use of technology, and especially photography, in the ways a single picture can reveal infinite more details in a city scene and unveil unlimited combinations of seemingly incompatible elements as well as traces of the past in the present.
Maria Vasileiou
I was born and raised in the heart of the city, in the area of Kerameikos, only 300 m. away from the Acropolis. To me, the city center was a magical place full of endless possibilities, secrets and surprises, waiting for me to discover them all. Over the last few years, I combine my love for the city and science in my PhD thesis on Wandering in the Urban Environment.
Katerina Vgena
My name is Katerina Vgena and I am twenty years old. I have graduated from the third Mytilene's High School at 2010 and now I am studying at the faculty of English Studies in Athens. I speak English and French. I like reading novels with foreign city descriptions and walking in the city center observing its architecture, parks, monuments and the way that people's everyday life is affected by that urban environment.
Maria Zygogianni
Maria Zygogianni was born and raised in Athens. She graduated in 2008 from the Experimental Lyceum Anavryta and currently studies at the School of English of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens. During autumn 2011, she studied for a semester at Université du Maine. Since 2012, she's been writing for Kaleidoscope magazine.