A model itinerary urban planning workshop entitled “Reviewing the landscapes of Elefsina”, co-organized by the 2023 Elefsina European Capital of Culture, from 18 to 22 October, in collaboration with the great French architect and town planner, Patrick Bouchain and the artistic club. According to APE-MPE, the workshop is carried out in the framework of the program “Acrobatics in Elefsina”, a collaboration between Greek and French artists, which focuses on both the city of Elefsina and its inhabitants and the city of Bagneux, France, including research and artistic creation activities with the participation of artists from contemporary dance, contemporary circus and music of the Eastern and Western Mediterranean, for public and private space, urban planning and the multicultural social fabric of suburban cities.
The workshop “Reviewing the landscapes of Elefsina” aims to develop new links between urban planning, architecture and the performing arts, placing artists and residents of Elefsina at the center of processes of development and regeneration of suburban areas. It is a collective proposal of artistic, cultural and governmental bodies, with the participation of architects, urban planners, artists, researchers and citizens interested in the public and the design of cities.
In collaboration with the famous French architect and town planner, Patrick Bouchain and his team, consisting of distinguished scientists and artists, Dimitra Kanellopoulou, professor at the School of Architecture Paris Malaquais, Loïc Julienne, architect and director Eleftherios Kehagioglou At Le Plus Petit Cirque du Monde, participants will have the opportunity to wander through the urban landscape of Elefsina, imagine and capture their ideas on how a purely industrial city can be transformed into a new space. The results of the workshops will be presented on Friday, October 22 at 18:00 at Eleourgiki.

The rationale behind the Laboratory “Reviewing the landscapes of Elefsina ”                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        As a city of contrasts, Elefsina is complex, with many issues and solutions that have many components. If history makes Elefsina a sacred place, industry has brought growth and energy to the city, while culture gives it a unique opportunity for experimentation, activation and transformation. Inspired by the history of the place, the European Capital of Culture can be the beginning of a sustainable future that will combine the different identities of the city and its ancient myths. Dimitra, mother of agriculture, goddess of the earth. Persephone, goddess of the underworld, minerals, industry, and Iambi, the nymph who comforted Dimitra through art, while looking for her daughter. The change of the model goes through the renewal of the imaginary. Prerequisite is residents and visitors to review the narrative and images of the city landscapes. Elefsina is a unique symbolic monograph of the modern world, as it potentially contains the grandeur and drama of human adventure on Earth. It was the cradle of the most beautiful, the most purifying, of the Mysteries, but at some point it became the city with the most pollution. The great idyllic landscape of Elefsina and its gulf includes the unique light, the majestic archeological site, the power and values ​​of a city built by refugees and immigrants, the industrial pollution, from the sea to the factories and the old mines. Elefsina is the most suitable area for the necessary effort of industrial modernization, so that the industry respects the environment.
The Cultural Capital of 2023 is a unique opportunity for residents, visitors, artists, scientists and organizations to live unique experiential experiences through visits and outdoor activities and discussions in the city landscapes. In the current global context of pandemics, ecological disasters and climate change, the landscapes of Elefsina are a unique world heritage site that combines natural, archaeological and industrial heritage. A Holy Place of Humanity, which unites the beauty of nature, its archaeological value and its industrial history, building a new culture of development with and for all.

Useful information
Who can participate: Architects, town planners, artists, researchers and citizens interested in public and urban planning. Participation in the workshops is free and concerns either all workshops or individual dates. The workshops will be held in Greek and French. The action is implemented within the framework of the French National Program La Preuve par 7, with the support of the Ministries of Culture and Regional Cohesion and the Fondation de France. Reviewing the landscapes of Elefsina – Itinerary planning workshops Duration: 18 – 22 October – Registrations until Friday, October 15
Presentation of laboratory results: October 22 at 18.00 I Admission free with reservation of tickets
Information here: joinus@2023eleusis.eu

Laboratory Program
Monday 18/10 Urban Planning Workshops, Reviewing the landscapes of Elefsina 10.00-13.00 & 15.00- 18.00 | 18.00-19.30 Presentation of the work of Patrick Bouchain
Tuesday 19/10 and Wednesday 20/10 10.00-13.00 & 15.00- 18.00: Urban Planning Workshops, Reviewing the landscapes of Elefsina                                                                                                                                    Thursday 21/10 10.00-13.00 & 15.00-18.00: Urban Planning Workshops Reviewing the landscapes of Elefsina with the participation of acrobats
Friday 22/10 18.00-22.00: Public presentation and discussion & Performance of a project in progress Acrobatics in Elefsina