A tiny speck of an island in the broad expanse of the Mediterranean is drowning with tourists. And for that reason, the exquisite Greek island of Santorini awaits an interdisciplinary team of University of Cincinnati students and faculty this summer. That team – having proven itself in other locales in Greece – will serve as an academic version of “Extreme (Tourism) Make-Over” from June 10-August 14.
Photo: Provided by Michael Romanos
On the tiny Greek island of Santorini, a vividly painted village perches precariously at the very lip of a sheer, straight-shot drop of 1,000 feet to the sea below.
While, to the cruise ships below, the village seems carefree, defiantly heedless of all notions of gravity, the cliff clinging Oia (pronounced “ee-a”) is actually grappling with an avalanche of troubles caused by its postcard perfect location and winning beauty.
This summer’s multidisciplinary team consists of nine students (six planners and three architects) and Romanos, along with:
Summer 2004 will mark the team’s first stay in Santorini, during which they will focus on rapid assessment, evaluation and data collection regarding the island’s problems and priorities. During the coming academic year, these faculty and other students will continue to examine the specific issues facing Santorini. Then, next summer, a larger planning and design team will travel to Santorini to work with residents and island administrators on furthering comprehensive sustainable-development plans.
UC’s work on Santorini is funded by the island’s municipality and by the university’s Institute for Global Studies and Affairs.
Mary Reilly | University of Cincinnati
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