After the Arrival City

Since 2016, research/teaching group ARCSR has focused on migration and refugees, place-based architecture, and homemaking in Athens, with the aim of enhancing the capacity of 'arrival' residents and their support networks to imagine and transform the context in which they live. After the Arrival City (2022-) addresses the close of the European refugee housing support programme (ESTIA), which has created great uncertainty for an estimated 13,000 people in Athens who have sought to make the city their home in recent years. The project seeks to understand how a city without an existing model for rented social housing can adapt to find new ways to support and accommodate people in displacement. Taking a place-based architectural approach, the project aims to support the development of robust and equitable research partnerships with local and international institutions working in Athens on questions of migration, urban development, housing, and social infrastructure.