Visiting the Acropolis is a priceless experience. As Greece reopened its monuments after a two month closure, new safety procedures include glass dividers for those waiting in line at the entrance. Where possible, often lines extend but in cases where lines have no room to maintain social distancing and those waiting have to come close to each other, such dividers can help.
Greece hopes to re-open to tourists on July 1. Part of the procedure will involve testing of those arriving at the airport. As airports transform into testing centers, we need to examine the implications for spaces and flow of people.
Athens embarked on an ambitious plan to remove graffiti and beautify spaces. Such an act of civic pride reinforces and sustains the nation’s efforts to control the virus and position the country for a successful future.
The rooftop of his apartment building transformed into a canvas for this teenager graffiti artist, who used the floor to send messages for staying at home. See more examples of virus-related graffiti from around the world.
Social distancing is maintained in Athen’s central Syntagma Square during a May 1 rally through colorful plastic markers on the ground.
As Athen’s streets and plazas empty out, photographer Alexandros Maragos captures the opportunities that arise when emptiness can be a catalyst for innovation and a rethinking of what else streets can be. In the words of poet Argyris Xionis, as cited by Demetra Hadjiyianni, “Step on the asphalt with respect. Underneath it there are stones dreaming of gardens.”
Balconies accommodate the traditional grilling of lamb that is typical of Greek easter.
Residential – Balconies
The balcony becomes a setting for two dancers to perform to a traditional song from Thrake, demonstrating resilience.
Homes, from kitchens to living rooms, transform into a recording studio for a song that reinforces the stay-at-home directions: watch video here.