Concluding a week of Sustainable Design and Innovation
In November 2015 ECOWEEK concluded in Thessaloniki, Greece the planned events to mark its 10-year anniversary. ECOWEEK 2015 events included international conferences and sustainable design workshops in Istanbul, Turkey, Prishtina, Kosovo, and Thessaloniki, Greece, an ecological festival in Cairns, Australia, a young designers’ competition in China, and a book with 50 articles by leading professionals and students on sustainable design and architecture.
ECOWEEK takes place in Thessaloniki, Greece for the third time, in cooperation with the Municipality of Thessaloniki, the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and the Technical Chamber of Greece. ECOWEEK was hosted by AKTO Design College in Thessaloniki.
ECOWEEK 2015 opened in Thessaloniki on Monday 2 November. Leading architects from Norway, Sweden, Germany, Holland, Kosovo, and Liechtenstein presented examples of good practices from Europe. They served as inspiring models for the ECOWEEK workshops that engaged in sustainable proposals for the city. Nearly 200 young workshop participants – primarily Greek and German architecture students – had the privilege to learn not only how to design sustainable buildings and urban interventions in the city, but to go beyond the crisis and think of new paths to innovation, and entrepreneurship as well.
On the opening day, the screening of the film ‘The Secret Life of Materials’ created by the EU program STIMULATE – explaining the application of nanotechnology solutions in products – was followed by a performance by violinist Konstantinos Pavlakos of the first ever 3-d printed violin featured in the film.
The 13 ECOWEEK sustainable design workshops took place during the week, and presented on Saturday 7 November. The workshops spanned a diverse range of themes, reaching out to the local community in a variety of ways.
ArchiTeam was communication partner in the event.