Co-Hab Athens is an applied research project aiming to elaborate collective ownership models as a long-term proposal for reclaiming quality of habitat & housing as a right in the center of Athens. It was initiated on Janurary 2016 with first thoughts coming through conversations with the research group on urban commons Koino Athina.
Co-Hab Athens aspires to be an exchange platform for urban researchers and activists on the issue of collective ownership. Focusing on the concept of decommodification of urban land we seek and promote synergies with existing paradigms that have successfully been implemented abroad and with similarly oriented ongoing projects.
Co-Hab Athens, in the context of Greek reality, aims to:
– explore the existing legal framework and propose new
– cultivate the imaginary of collective property and familiarize people in Athens with the cohousing practices
– work out realistic scenarios and prototypes of alternative ownership of urban land and test them through pilot case studies in the center of Athens.
– create physical and online tools to promote and support the idea
– engage in international networks of cooperation and knowledge sharing
Stelios Minotakis, architect (founding member)
After graduating the Faculty of Architecture of Florence, Stelios continued his research activity in Department of RESTAURO URBANO UDSF. His collaborations include the Inspectorate for Historic Monuments and Sites of Siena (Soprintendenza per i Beni Architettonici e Ambientali). He is member of the International Committee of Historical Cities of ICOMOS since 1995 and his works have been presented in conferences and periodicals. Since 1989 he runs a small architectural firm in Psyrri specialized in renovation-restoration works of historic buildings.
Constantina Theodorou, architect-researcher (founding member)
Constantina’s work combines theoretical analyses on urbanism with narrative practices implemented on the urban field in the center of Athens. She’s currently a PhD student on Urbanism, NTUA exploring the nation-city-state discourse, the mutating nature of citizenship and the constitution of new socio-spatial hierarchies. With parallel studies on film directing, her fieldwork includes writings, walking tours, performance-lectures and a feature-film script for the Greek Film Center. She is the editor/blogger of Omonia Diary and City Issue blogs.
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Dimitra Siatitsa, urbanist- researcher | (INURA Athens)
Dimitra is a phd Urbanist (NTUA) with postgraduate studies on Architecture and Theory of the City ( (Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya). She has participated in research projects on the issues of housing, housing insecurity, social policy and social innovation and urban development. She is a member of the International Network for Urban Research and Action (INURA)
Tonia Katerini, architect | Stop Auctions movement
Tonia is the president of Greek Architects Association (SADAS-PEA) and a leading figure of the activist movement against the auctions of houses lost due to red loans.
Alexandros Papageorgiou, social anthropologist | Nethood
After obtaining his bachelor’s degree in Economics from the University of Piraeus, he continued his studies at an undergraduate and postgraduate level in Social Sciences at the University Paris 5 – René Descartes. He obtained his second master’s degree in Social Anthropology at the University of Thessaly, where he is currently enrolled as a PhD candidate. His research focuses on knowledge transfer processes in collaborative networks. As a NetHood researcher, he has contributed to the netCommons and the Heteropolitics Horizon 2020 projects and has become a COST Action member. In past research he has studied processes of acculturation through bodily practices, as well as the role of social media in the 2013 Brazilian uprising. Papageorgiou has also worked as a translator. He speaks greek, english, french, german, italian, portuguese and spanish.
Eva Papatzani, urbanist – researcher
Eva is a PhD candidate in Urban and Regional Studies (School of Architecture, NTUA), holding a Master’s degree in Urbanism, and a Diploma in Architecture. Her PhD thesis focuses on the study of migration and urban transformations. She is also engaged in a research project related to the impact of the Airbnb phenomenon on the urban social geography of Athens. She has participated in international conferences and published in relevant journals.
COLLABORATIONS ongoing & per project
Panayotis Antoniadis | Nethood
Sofia Dona, architect-artist | Hiboux, errands group
Elisavet Hasa, architect-researcher (for the participation with #ThisIsACo-op, 15th Venice Biennale of Architecture)
INURA Zurich & INURA Athens ( for the Co-Housing practices workshop)