Municipality of Ηalandri

The municipality of Halandri is one of the most populous municipalities of Attica, numbering about 100,000 inhabitants, 9 km from the center of Athens and near the foot of Penteli. Throughout the municipality, significant archaeological finds evidence its long history, including Hadrian’s Aqueduct, and at the same time, the contemporary cultural heritage is noteworthy. Halandri is today a strong commercial point of Metropolitan Athens and a pole of many visitors throughout the year.

Commonspace Co-op

Commonspace Co-op provides high-quality services in the fields of Spatial Strategies, Urban and Cultural Innovations by creating or implementing innovative tools and processes. At the core of our approach and vision is the promotion of Participatory Planning/Design. This concept includes methodologies, tools and practices that involve social groups and communities together with local/regional/national authorities, local governments and experts in the strategic and management processes of public space design. Participatory planning is understood and implemented not just as a process of consultation on laws or studies but as a substantive, equal and inclusive process of participation and co-decision.

Commonspace’s team consists of experienced engineers and scientists from the private sector of various specialities (architects – urban planners, electrical – environmental engineers, agricultural engineers, GIS experts, etc.) and office employees experienced in project management, business advisory and communication/dissemination services. The organization collaborates with Universities, Educational Institutions, Public Benefit Institutions, Municipalities, Regional Governments, NGOs, various Enterprises and independent professionals and scientists/experts.

Over the last years, it has designed and fulfilled projects, studies and programs funded by both public and private institutions in Greece and abroad. For each project, Commonspace Co-op follows an integrated approach based on a set of principles, tools and methodologies.

Commonspace Co-op will be involved in Project Management (WP2), Communication (WP3) and all the Implementation WPs (4,5 and 6).


EYDAP, the largest company in Greece and one of the largest in Europe, is active in the management and distribution of water and sewerage services, offering the residents of Attica water measured among those of the highest quality in Europe.

For the project Cultural H.ID.RA.N.T. of the UIA program, EYDAP actively participates in all activities, contributing and raising awareness in water management and promoting the Hadrian’s Aqueduct and the historical significance of this complex network through its Culture Network. The goal of the Cultural Network of EYDAP is to develop a unified cultural identity and policy in the production of actions that promote the company’s history.

The responsibility for the design, construction, maintenance, systematic quality control, and overall management of the new non-drinking water network in the Municipality of Halandri will belong to EYDAP, based on the sustainability and rational management of water.

Thymio Papayannis and Associates Inc. (TPA)

With more than sixty years of experience, Thymio Papayannis and Associates Inc. (TPA) located in Athens, is one of the oldest and largest multidisciplinary consulting firms in Greece. TPA has a long-standing social presence in Greece and the Eastern Mediterranean, with studies, programs and interventions in the fields of regional planning, environmental protection, urban planning and environment, landscape, regeneration projects, as well as contemporary architectural and structural creation, with emphasis on tourism, health and sport facilities.

TPA has broad experience in close collaboration with international clients and consultants. Many international and Greek distinctions and awards, publications and scientific reports have made the work of the Firm widely known for its quality and reliability.

The main scientific team of the Firm is made up by approximately twelve partners with significant professional competence and experience, as well as important scientific and social activities. TPA is a multidisciplinary firm and most of its multilingual partners and staff have postgraduate education and specialized qualifications received from institutions of international repute.

Chairman (and founder) of the Firm is architect, planner, and environmentalist Thymio Papayannis, while Managing Director is architect Ivy Nanopoulou.

TPA was selected by the project leader to participate as the main urban planning/architecture partner, as the technical advisor of MoH.

Mediterranean Institute for Nature and Anthropos (MedINA)

The Mediterranean Institute for Nature and Anthropos (MedINA) was established in 2003 with the aim of contributing to the development of a harmonious and respectful relationship between humankind and nature in the Mediterranean region and beyond. Our mission is to inspire people to recognise the value and connection between natural and cultural heritage through interdisciplinary research, working with communities, and networking that fosters the exchange of ideas and knowledge for the enhancement and sustainable management of cultural and natural resources.

Within the UIA program Cultural H.ID.RA.N.T, MedINA aims to showcase the history and heritage of Hadrian’s Aqueduct as a cultural and water resource and to explore how locals have related to visible and invisible presence of water in the Halandri area both historically and nowadays.  o this end, in collaboration with local stakeholders and experts, MedINA collects archival material and oral testimonies, and conducts multifaceted, anthropological, and environmental research to support the creation of cultural and digital hubs. These will act as public sources of knowledge and inspiration, and as tools managed by the local community for recording and promoting local history, collective memory and the cultural and environmental capital of the area.

Regional Development Institute Panteion University (RDI)

The Regional Development Institute (RDI) is a University Research Institute, linked to the Panteion University of Social and Political Sciences, founded in 1975. The RDI has a long research and professional experience in:
1. Cultural Development Policies, with respect to cultural heritage, cultural and creative industries and relevant local/ regional/ national strategies;
2. impact assessment and evaluation studies, consulting European programs, foundations, public administration;
3. European networks, contexts and broader strategies, having the capacity to transfer knowledge through compatible national and international channels.
In the UIA programme ‘Cultural H.ID.RA.N.T.’, the RDI will lead Quality Assurance (QA) and Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) tasks. Within this framework, it will set both QA and M&E strategies and employ a variety of methodological tools in order to assure the deliverables’ high quality and evaluate the project’s results. In this sense, the RDI will have a complete overview of all activities and deliverables in order to assess the project’s impact and provide necessary recommendations as well as to contribute to the project’s transferability to other contexts.

UrbanDig Project

Ohi Pezoume Performing Arts Company, based in Athens, is a not-for-profit organization, founded in 2004. It designs and implements community, educational, and artistic programs to improve citizens’ lives and upgrade their well-being. The main field of action is the public space and the combination of dialogue, participation research, and collective activities, which deliver artistic, educational tools, and playful support processes to (and with) groups and communities.
Its processes – the so-called UrbanDig Project – flourish when collective activation is desirable, bridges of communication and synergies between different actors are required, and community connections and new perspectives are sought. When carried out in neighbourhoods, they are an integrated cross-sectoral approach to the management of local cultural capital (material and intangible), leading to products, strategies, and tools in the fields of culture, education, and urban co-creation.
Ohi Pezoume participates in the Cultural H.ID.RA.N.T. program, coordinating the development of a strategy for the creation, empowerment, and involvement of the “HIDRANT” community by implementing innovative mapping tools, participatory decision making, and emotional activation through the art of theatre, dance, and music.

East Attica Ephorate of Antiquities

The Ephorate of Antiquities of East Attica is conducting scientific research, excavation, preservation, protection, and promotion of antiquities dating from prehistoric times to 1830. The Ephorate of Antiquities is responsible for the investigation, the design, the management, and the accomplishment of any project with archaeological interest. It is aiming to maintain, repair, and restore monuments and archaeological sites. Lastly, it participates in international and European programs, workshops, conferences, and educational activities.

The Ephorate of Antiquities participates in all the Working Packages (WPs) of the project, offering its specialization and services regarding archaeological heritage.


In the context of the project’s implementation, the local communities‘ active participation in shaping the program and the design of the new public spaces is crucial through the implementation of participatory design workshops.
The participatory processes aim to utilize Hadrian’s Aqueduct as a cultural and environmental community for the city, beyond the usual approach of the “attraction” and the active participation of the involved groups in the proposal of design proposals for their neighbourhood.
The program will attend students, parents, and teachers from schools in the Municipality of Halandri, which are adjacent to the proposed regeneration areas.

Participants will have the opportunity to learn about the program of Cultural H.ID.RA.N.T., to give their ideas, and to participate actively in the formation of:
• Design proposal for the renovation of the proposed streets in each neighbourhood
• Plantings inside the schoolyards, which the water of Hadrian’s Aqueduct will irrigate
• Communication material that will be placed in the regeneration areas and the schools for promoting Hadrian’s Aqueduct as a cultural heritage.

They actively participate in the program, offering knowledge and testimonies and co-designing tools and actions on the thematic triptych “The Chalandri-The Hadrian’s Aqueduct-The Water” local collectives such as:

• 3rd Middle School
• 6th Middle School
• 7th Middle School
• 8th Middle School
• 2nd High School of Chalandri
• 3rd High School of Chalandri
• 4th High School of Chalandri

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