16 - 17 MAY 2020







ECOWEEK is a non-profit organization established in 2005 with the mission to raise environmental awareness and to promote the principles of social and environmental sustainability through design. ECOWEEK is active in 17 countries with a network in 56 countries.


ECOWEEK is about education, networking and expanding knowledge, acquiring experience and practical training with a special emphasis on green buildings, sustainable design, and placemaking.

ECOWEEK organizes international conferences and sustainable design workshops in cities around the world, bringing together professionals and students of Architecture, Design, Landscape Architecture, and other disciplines.



16 - 17 MAY 2020


Get ready for the 48h online challenge of ECOWEEK including

lectures and workshops for the circular economy.

Ideal for architects, landscape architects, designers, engineers

(other disciplines are more than welcome!)

What you will need to bring for the workshops:

coffee, snacks, a computer, a design software you already use, a pen and

a sketchbook and of course your imagination :)

And guess what! It's for 

At the end of the workshop, registered participants

will receive a diploma of participation.

You will find more details here - scroll down!





Wherever you choose from!

This is our first virtual meet-up!


Current and future advancements show that the request for natural resources will rise three times in 2050.

Main reasons :  the global economic growth & the increase of the world population.

The building industry is responsible for the use of up to 40% of the materials produced globally and about 35% of the world’s waste.

In order to create a clean and safe living environment for future generations, a fundamental change has to be made.

According to EU waste legislation, European countries are aiming to a recovery target of construction and demolition waste up to 70%. 

What is the key to increase the quality and quantity of recycling and reuse of construction and demolition materials ?

Moving from a Linear Economy (Produce-Use-Waste) to a Circular Economy in construction (Produce-Use-Reuse).


Design for Disassembly, Internet of Things and Material banks are being introduced to optimize circular construction practices. 

Circular economy in construction ensures that, in addition to environmentally friendly materials,

resources in the construction chain are being reused as much as possible.

The ultimate goal : a completely circular construction industry in the near future!

this time we make it different :

something old, something new
something borrowed, something... green





Jan, co-founder of the studio, designs interiors and buildings and develops strategies to facilitate the transition to a responsible society. He focuses on developing tools and processes and realises tangible projects that empower local exchange and

production, as an alternative to transporting and wasting our resources, products and components around the globe.

Lizanne is skilled in Systems Thinking, Sustainable Design, Data Analysis and Strategy Design and joined the Research department of Superuse Studios in 2013. Projects that she worked on include studies on the resource and waste flows of industrial areas, reuse of building materials and strategy design for circular resource hubs in urban areas. 

Jan Jongert, architect and co-founder

Lizanne DIrkx, architect 

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The New Raw works towards closing material cycles and strengthening local production, using an approach that is based on material research, digital design and fabrication. 

The studio seeks better ways of applying circular economy concepts that push the boundaries of technological and social innovation, by seeing plastic waste as a resource. 

The technology of The New Raw of in-situ recycling plastic waste with 3d printing has been tested on different cases and locations over the past two years, from marine plastic pollution to hyperlocal fabrication on refugee camps.  

The studio’s work has been awarded for various design and innovation awards throughout the years.

Research & Design Studio 

by architects Panos Sakkas and Foteini Setaki

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Dr. K. Giannakopoulos

Athens, GREECE


Konstantinos, Physicist (1995, A.U.Th, Greece) with a PhD (1998, University of Liverpool), is a Researcher of the Institute of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology , expert in

nanostructural materials

characterisation. He has worked in ST Microelectronics (Advanced R&D, Crolles, France) and since 2002 he works in NCSR Demokritos on the growth and structural characterization (Electron Microscopy) of a large variety of nanomaterials and nanostructures. He is currently the coordinator for an EU mediated project on self-cleaning mirrors for solar energy collection.

The National Center for Scientific Research “Demokritos”(NCSR "D"),  is the largest multidisciplinary research centre in Greece and cnducts world-class basic and applied research in :

Nanoscience & Nanotechnology,

Energy & Environment, Biosciences, Particle and Nuclear Science, Informatics and Telecommunications.

Researcher on Nanoscale 

Characterisation of Advanced Materials at National Centre 

for Scientific Research 


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MOR's mission is to transform under-performing office buildings into net-positive and flexible buildings guided by the principles of modularity and circularity.

Created in 2017 to represent Delft University of Technology (TU Delft) in Solar Decathlon Europe 2019 is consisted of over 46 students from 8 disciplines and 20 different nationalities, all sharing a passion for sustainability.

MOR’s innovative and feasible solutions were awarded in 8 out of 10 contested categories, setting a world record and bringing the team the 2nd overall prize.

The ultimate vision of the team is to create a future-proof built environment that gives back to its surroundings more than what it takes away from it, with regards to energy, biomass, air, water, and materials.

Modular Office Renovation

2017, Delft University of Technology (TU Delft)


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Benjamin Gill



Ben has been working in the environmental sector for nearly 20 years, covering the fields of waste management, renewable energy and sustainable urban planning and development. He is a Chartered Environmentalist and member of the Institute of Environmental

Management and Assessment.

He plays a key role at Bioregional by developing the One Planet Living framework as a flexible tool that can be used to drive systemic change through an organisation and an industry. This framework has been used with some of the world’s most ambitious sustainable tourism projects. These include Les Villages Nature Paris with its geothermally heated Aqualagoon and regenerative landscape, and Singita’s ambitious conservation and sustainable tourism projects in east and southern Africa.


One Planet Living Manager

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Dr. Elias Messinas

Jerusalem, ISRAEL


Elias is the Founding Chairman & Coordinator of ECOWEEK, a non-profit organization with the mission to raise environmental awareness and to promote the principles of social and environmental sustainability through design. ECOWEEK is active in 17 countries with a network in 56 countries.

ECOWEEK is about education, networking and expanding knowledge, acquiring experience and practical training with a special emphasis on green buildings, sustainable design, and placemaking.

ECOWEEK organizes international conferences and sustainable design workshops in cities around the world, bringing together professionals and students of Architecture, Design, Landscape Architecture, and other disciplines.

Founding Chairman & Coordinator ECOWEEK

Architect and environmental consultant, and social entrepreneur 

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All Workshops projects posted. Click below to view.




Value System Game.jpg

During the workshop of the Value System Game,

we virtually put cards on the table to visualise the processes of a fictional project.

With our participants, we search for smart connections that can be made that lead to added value.

We point out which processes produce waste and how they can be turned into high-quality resources.

Participants find the bottlenecks of the project as well as the places where positive impact can be made.

Value System Game: Introduction to the circular design thinking with Lizanne Dirkx


Aiming for passive or net-zero buildings is maybe no longer sufficient.

How can we go beyond that?

How can we treat buildings and neighborhoods as living organisms that can benefit and sustain each other, giving back to their environment more than they take away from it?

During the ECOWEEK 2009, the goal was to design a Passive Solar house of zero emissions in Athens. This year, we would like to take a step further and explore the possibilities of turning this passive house into NET POSITIVE with regards to Energy, Water, and Materials.

From passive to

net-positive design

with Aylin Ozcan & Anna Tsagkalou



BIOREGIONAL One Planet Living


The workshop initially took

place during ECOWEEK's International  Conference and Sustainable Design workshops in Prishtina, 2014 and it focused on the building of Thermokos, an abandoned pre-fabricated concrete building located in the outskirts of Prishtina in a developing area.

The adaptation and reuse of the Thermokos building

required a careful evaluation of what the neighborhood could host and what the building could offer.

This workshop focuses on the influence of urban design in the lifestyle choice.

The building of Thermokos

with Benjamin Gill




Harvest map is an open-source online entrance to a huge material library.

Reused products from all over the world can be registered in the map to be reused again and again. The aim of this workshop is the design of a pavilion with reused materials requiring them a second life by having in mind that they have to re-enter the material library and be reused again.

Inspiring from the Ecoweek workshop in Thessaloniki 2015 where a wood Pavillion based in Aristotelous square was proposed, this time the aim is to design it from reused materials. Due to the short design time, the proposals could be draft designs, sketches, and diagrams.

Designing a Circular Pavilion: Upcycling in design using the Harvest map with Margarita Kyanidou


Materials for a sustainable future 


"Materials Hunter"

play the role of the scientist who is changing the world.
The player enters a world that is entering its first civilisations phase.

By developing new materials

he enables the transition to the various phases to reach a futuristic and

sustainable society.
Do you feel like hunting?

Virtual game Materials for a sustainable future


Konstantinos Giannakopoulos

Materials hunter:

Virtual game Materials for a sustainable future

by Dr. Konstantinos Giannakopoulos
and Nafsica Mouti




The workshop will be based on four ECOWEEK workshop projects placed in various locations across the world:

'Therapy Garden for Immigrant Women' in Copenhagen, DK

‘Healing gardens’ in Victor Babes Hospital Bucharest, RO

the ‘Sun Grove’ Jerusalem, IL

and two school courtyards in

Agios  Nikolaos, Crete GR

Regarding circular economy,

the group will hqve the chance

to explore possible ways of expanding the circle of life of previous projects and also learn about circular design strategies, ways to create open spaces that heal and educate, using appropriate plants, landscaping, and securing materials based on recycled construction materials.

The workshop will be led by

Dr. Elias Messinas, Architect and Environmental Consultant,

Despoina Kouinoglou, Landscape Architect and Iris GIvoli Faiman, Architect and Environmental Consultant.

Virtual game Materials for a sustainable future


Konstantinos Giannakopoulos

Gardens that Heal, Recycle and Upcycle

with Dr. Elias Messinas, Despoina Kouinoglou

and Iris Givoli Faiman



All hours displayed are UTC/GMT+3 time zone

All sessions take  place through virtual meeting platforms only 

saturday 16/05

11 am * launch


elias messinas ecoweek founding chairman

despoina kouinoglou ecoweek associate


11:30 - 12:00


jan jongert - superuse studios

harvest map

open-source platform for upcycling in construction

12:00 - 12:30


panos sakkas & foteini setaki - the new raw

from waste to product with 3D printing

the approach towards a circular economy in design

12:30 - 13:00


khusboo asrani, francesco longo, anna tsagalou

mor team, tu delft

together we can do mor

the ultimate vision  to create a future-proof built environment

13:00 - 13:30

BREAK (on your own)


13:30 - 14:00


konstantinos giannakopoulos, nafsica mouti

ncsr "demokritos"

advanced materials enable the circular economy
the transition to a sustainable world

14:00 - 14:30


lizanne dirkx - superuse studios

Value System Game: A playful new economy

the superuse tool for the system of a project or company and the circular opportunities 

14:30 - 15:00


benjamin gill- bioregional one planet living

circularity from a lifestyle perspective

how urban design enables more sustainable choices,

and how this needs to be a driving force in design thinking

15:00 - 15:30


elias messinas ecoweek founding chairman

despoina kouinoglou ecoweek associate

15:30 - 16:00

BREAK (on your own)

16:00 - 17:00


sunday 17/05

11 am * workshops


12:00 - 20:00



upload materials of your project

20 pm * conclusions


elias messinas ecoweek founding chairman

despoina kouinoglou ecoweek associate






Pavlos Symianakis

London, UK

Pavlos is an Architect Engineer, graduated from AUTH in 2019.

Currently studying at AA in London, his postgraduate is under the title Architecture and Urbanism – Social Ecologies at Design Research Laboratory (AADRL). Prior his postgraduate studies, Pavlos was part of Not a Number Architects, in Thessaloniki, where he had the opportunity to  develop major architectural projects of different scale, such as“Rue de pain” bistro (Bucharest), Open Market and

Retail pavilions in Elounda,

Boutique Hotel design Santorini     . During his undergraduate studies, Pavlos has taken part on many workshops and seminars including Ecoweek. He is interested in digital experimental design research and contemporary fabrication techniques, while strongly holds the vision of a greener and smarter future, where people and matter matters.


Margarita Kyanidou

Delft, NL

Margarita was born in Thessaloniki, Greece. She studied Architectural Engineering at the Democritus University of Thrace. She holds a Master’s degree in Building Technology from TU Delft and she is a researcher on Circular Economy in Construction and Design for Disassembly. As a student, she attended numerous Workshops and Seminars concerning Sustainable Development in Architecture (Ecoweek, Sudesco, Promoriver, etc). As an Architect Engineer, she worked with Superuse Studios in Rotterdam and dealt with Upcycling reused train parts in the construction sector. Under cooperation with MVRDV and Superuse Studios, her Master Thesis prototype was presented and exhibited in GEVEL 2020 in Rotterdam.


Sofia Passia

Lyon-Paris, FR

Sofia was born and raised in Thessaloniki. She adores every inch of her city, from people to buildings. When she was younger, she used to live with her family and three sisters in Bruxelles BG for 5 years

and adores speaking french.

Prior to her graduation in Architecture (AUTH 2017),

she also spent an erasmus semester in Lyon.

Sofia lives there eversince,

working in architectural firms

which focus on the development

of medium scale projects.

Often works voluntarily and believes highly in interacting with one another. Her moto

"together we stand/divided we fall".


Vicky Panagiotidou

London, UK

Vicky started exploring the world in 1994 in Thessaloniki. As soon as she was able to walk she never stopped roaming in Thessaloniki and soon a long way away from it too. Many long stops were done in Architecture school of AUTH in order to get her diploma and currently she has stopped in UCL’s Bio-integrated design Master. She loves continuous learning and volunteering for a cause, therefore she has participated in several actions and workshops, one of them being Thessaloniki’s Ecoweek. She is interested in innovative and peculiar design and materials, fresh ideas about unexplored topics, and most of all

  she loves meeting new people

and sharing ideas because

that's what triggers the next step!


Despoina Kouinoglou

London, UK

Despoina is a landscape architect with a working experience in the U.K  where she has been working in various scale rural and urban schemes and with the main focus in landscape planning and design. Prior to that, she took part in a rural architecture program in capacity building and development in Mt. Elgon in Kenya, as part of the PhD Research of Michiel Smits (T.U Delft

      Avans Uni of Applied Sciences).

      During her masters degree in

  landscape architecture

(     (Postgraduate Program of

    Studies in Landscape Architecture, AUTh, 2017), she researched the redesign and integration of the refugee camps with the local communities through design. Since 2015 Despoina has been  a part of ECOWEEK as an associate.


Eleni Mantika

Thessaloniki, GR

Eleni was born in Thessaloniki and is an undergraduate student of Architecture at AUTH Greece. She has been a part of many workshops and volunteer actions such as Open House, Enhancements, High School Engineering, European Youth Capital in 2014 etc. In 2015, she participated in an educational workshop to New York where she visited worldwide known universities and important global Architectural Offices such as COOKFOX and Thornton Tomasetti. According to her experience so far and personal sensitivity, sustainable design and eco-friendly materials

are the future of architecture

for the years to come.


Elias Messinas

Jerusalem, IL

Founding Chairman & Coordinator of ECOAMA & ECOWEEK

architect and environmental consultant, senior lecturer and social entrepreneur, graduate of Yale School of Architecture, Environmental Design Dept. of Bezalel Academy, and holds a doctorate from the National Technical University of Athens. He attended the M.Sc. program on Environment and Development at NTUA. Elias teaches sustainable design at Holon Institute of Technology and Patras University, and is the author of numerous articles, two books, and the editor of several catalogues and ECOWEEK The Book#1: 50 Voices for Sustainability



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