urbandig Adrianio

UrbanDig Adrianio "excavates" the Hadrian Aqueduct, drawing inspiration from its triple status as an obscure cultural monument, an unused water vein, and an unseen underground route - an axis that connects many areas of the city with each other as "asynchronous" as Kolonaki (town center) and Menidi (agricultural outskirts).

These three aspects of Hadrian Aqueduct are the three main pillars around UrbanDig Adrianeio:

culture (monument) - environment (water) - society (community networking).

UrbanDig_Adrianio focuses on three areas of outcomes:

- Community engagement activities with a vision towards a Hadrianic Neighborhoods Network

- Artistic research and production with a vision towards artistic adoption/highlighting of the Hadrianic route

- Educational tools (through leading an Erasmus+ for secondary education), workshops and presentations focusing on the cross-section of its three pillars.

April 13, 2020

During these difficult times, we weren’t -of course- able to meet in Palermo and co-design in person – as originally planned. We thought about it and co-decided to meet anyhow digitally, as an attempt to feel closer and get further together in “quarantine times”.

So, between the 16th and the 20th March of 2020, our 3rd Blended Mobility Event took place successfully, thanks to our willingness to meet and of course, technology! O...

March 18, 2020

With great enthusiasm, the tool#1 of the “teach-the-teacher” HADriAN toolkit was presented in Athens on 15.02.2020!

The presentation provided the associate partners, who came despite the rain in the 8th High School in Chalandri, with guidelines of how to implement and practice with their students a unique methodology of becoming aware of a cultural heritage site, motivated part of a community,  with an active focus on environme...

January 4, 2020

 Photo: STIPO

During December 2019 (from 18/12 to 22/12), STIPO welcomed a part of HADriAN’s team in Rotterdam for the Second Blended Mobility Event. This second meeting’s goals were to co-design the first –out of four- tool, reflect on the program's development process, exchange knowledge and get to know the local heritage waterline.

The program included team-building processes and expectations’ listing, as also visits to the D...

November 20, 2019

Participation of UrbanDig Project in the conference: Communities in foreground: The experience of activating citizens through cultural heritage // HerMa HUB: Fostering Communities
6th and 7th December in Eleusina


For 2019, the interest of HerMa HUB focuses on the emergence of the notion of cultural heritage and the engagement of local communities through that cultural heritage concept. Starting from this strategy, the conferen...

November 19, 2019

The objective of the HADRiAN programme is to develop and pilot a ‘teach-the-teacher’ toolkit in order to enable the teachers at secondary schools to convey values and knowledge with their students about cultural heritage, environment and urban development.

The project stresses the importance of the heritage waterlines, namely, the Hadrian Aqueduct (Athens), the Qanaat (Palermo) and the inner-waterways at Delfshaven neighbourhoo...

November 15, 2019

UrbanDig Project participates in the 5th ESDIAPOK Conference presenting its new community/ cultural/ artistic programme #UrbanDig_Adrianio

Within this framework, the presentation will discuss:

- How do we handle an invisible monument?

- How can a monument activate different local communities towards its collective management?

- How could performative arts narrate aspects of such a monument?

- Finally, how can Cultural Heritage be e...

June 17, 2019

Apomechanes, the Summer Abroad Program of The University of Pennsylvania / Penn Design, and UrbanDig Project present a multimedia installation and performance at Dexameni Square in Lycabettus, Athens.  The location is the endpoint of the 20km long subterranean Roman Hadrian's Aqueduct.

The event titled "Illuminate the Hadrian's Aqueduct" attempts a multi-sensory approach sheding light to the reservoir and t...

June 17, 2019

On June 19th UrbanDig presented its activities for youth on Athens' Hadrian's aqueduct to 11 youth participants of the "Future is Heritage" network.

After the presenation the members of the network, all young researchers and professionals in cultural heritage management, designed proposals for highlighting the aqueduct's presence on the square and its identity.  The proposals were presented at a meeting of the networ...

June 16, 2019

On Tuesday, June 25 at 17.30, we participate in the Sm-Art meeting of Smath!This is a project implemented under the Interreg MED 2014-2020 program involving Technopolis of the City of Athens and ten other partners from Italy, France, Slovenia, Croatia and Spain. Its main objective is to foster partnerships between the public sector, cultural industry, creative enterprises and artists through innovative clustering in the Medite...

June 16, 2019

As part of the design of our project "UrbanDig_Adrianeio" with activities on Hadrian's Aqueduct of Athens (2019-2020), our team participates in an exchange of practice organized by the French Institute of Athens and PCAI on "Supporting Ecological Creation" on 18.06.2019. Our team is in the final stage of planning the UrbanDig_Adrianeio program of artistic and cultural activities at the neighborhoods from Menidi to Kolonaki und...

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