Lycabettus Programme: The Present and Future of the Urban Forest of Athens

The research programme of the School of Architecture was developed following an invitation from the Mayor of Athens to the National Technical University of Athens and was funded by the Latsis Foundation. The purpose of this research is to investigate the possibilities of intervention on the hill of Lycabettus, with the aim of revitalising it. Within the programme’s framework, matters such as the following were recognised: the importance of the hill as an emblematic tourist landmark and a reference point for Athenian identity, the improvement of accessibility from the city and nearby neighbourhoods, the analysis of the vista points in combination with the capabilities for the development of uses and activities for residents, visitors and all Athenians.

The ultimate aim is to prepare a strategic framework for future intervention and to identify priority projects. Proposals are made for traffic arrangements, such as making the Lycabettus ring road one-way and the improvement of the main entrances to the hill, its emergence as a cultural ecosystem, as well as priority projects such as the conversion of the internal asphalt road into a principal tour route and the redevelopment of the outdoor theatre with a view to it recommencing operations.

The "Lycabettus Programme" as a road map facilitating and guiding future interventions was compiled by the Bureau of Urban Resilience and the Technical Service of the Municipality of Athens, the Agricultural University of Athens, a variety of stakeholders as well as foreign experts who undertook the relevant public consultation. The public presentation of the programme took place on October 16, 2018, at the Athens Conservatory.


“The Latsis Foundation recognised the fact that the hill is an ideal field for studying the relationship between nature and the anthropogenic element, and that it is possible to balance its promotion and protection and supported the ‘Lycabettus Programme’ where theory and experience, vision and action, come together linking scientific, administrative and empirical approaches. Thus addressing the problems provided the opportunity to weave together a modern vision of highlighting a hill that is not afraid to confront the challenges of its time and can be strengthened by a modern urban design that Athens lacks.

In February 2019, the first studies of major flood protection and upgrading works were completed, setting a new concept for the hill, while the process of approval by the Forestry Office is already underway for it to be promptly auctioned by the Municipality.”

Μaria Kaltsa, Architect & Special Adviser to the Mayor of Athens

Responsible for the “Lycabettus Programme: The Present and Future of the Urban Forest of Athens”