Konstantinos Avramidis – who has recently defended his PhD in Architecture by Design thesis successfully – together with the research fellow Myrto Tsilimpounidi from the Slovak Academy of Sciences, has co-edited the book Graffiti and Street Art: Reading, Writing and Representing the City. The volume relates to Konstantinos’ dissertation proposing, by design means, a critical exchange between architecture and graffiti in Athens.
The thesis that Konstantinos has undertaken at Edinburgh College of Art is entitled – and presented as – An Atlas of Athenian Inscriptions: A Book of Drawings of Writings and Writings on Drawings. This research “brings together and works between the matrices of architecture and graffiti to reveal their convergences, deviations and interdependences, while allowing us make sense of, navigate in and reconstruct the Athenian graffiti landscape”. By studying three emblematic graffitied sites in Athens, “the dissertation offers new means of (re)presenting graffiti and blurs the line between architectural drawing and graffiti writing”.
The collection – which was published by Routledge earlier this year – consists of fifteen original contributions from experts examining the reciprocal relationship that graffiti and street art share with contemporary urban environments in various contexts around the globe. As principal editor, Konstantinos has co-written an extensive introduction on the topic that sets the foundations for the emergence of the collection and contemplates on graffiti’s future trajectories.