Curated by NEIHEISER ARGYROS, The School of Athens at the Benaki Museum from February 20 till May 17th 2020 continues and expands the research exhibited at the Greek National Pavilion at the 2018 Venice Architecture Biennale.
This exhibition showcases physical models of seventy different academic common spaces from across history and around the world, both realized and unrealized. All models are printed at the same scale – 1:200 – and show only the portion of the university that we have identified as the academic commons, excluding all of the other closed spaces like classrooms and offices. By no means canonical or complete, this work is an ongoing and evolving research project – an ever expanding spatial atlas of the architecture of the academic commons.
Typical Organization developed for this second exhibition of the School of Athens three posters that when collected could form a book mapping the seventy different academic common spaces. The unfolded posters available in a form a stacks at the entrance/exit of the exhibition are proposing a do-it-your-self gesture for the visiter hoping to make an allusion towards the doing and undoing of schools and the learning process itself.