June 26, 2020

15 Years of ECOWEEK | 15 Design Topics | 15 exhibition pavilions

ECOWEEK celebrates its 15-years anniversary with an online exhibition.

Do you want to be part of the curating team and be one of the 15 designers of the online 15-years exhibition?

Join us now! 

Connect, train, and work with professionals from around the world in curating the anniversary ECOWEEK exhibition! The exhibition will be the center-piece of the ECOWEEK Online Challenge of September 2020. 

Learn about new perspectives in architecture and exhibition curating in the digital era. Don't miss the experience to volunteer with ECOWEEK and the opportunity to have your name posted as designer and curator of the exhibition, in what we expect to be one of the most significant international activities of ECOWEEK.

ECOWEEK is an internat...

June 16, 2020

Exactly one month after the kick-start of the first ECOWEEEK event for this year, we are excited to share with you the lecture series of our meet-up through our YouTube channel. A series of diverse but equally interesting and motivating lectures were given and our list of speakers contains names such as: Lizanne Dirkx, Jan Jorget, Konstantinos Giannakopoulos, the New Raw, MOR, and Elias Messinas. Dive in to the following link and get carried away with the projects, ideas and stories unfolded:


June 5, 2020

We are proud to announce that Dr. Elias Messinas ECOWEEK Founding Chairman is nominated for the prestigious Tallberg/Eliasson Global Leadership Prize for 2020. The prize is supported by the Stavros Niarchos Foundation.

On this World Environment Day Greek NGO ECOWEEK is celebrating the nomination of its founding chairman, Dr. Elias Messinas, architect, environmental leader and social entrepreneur, to the prestigious Tallberg/Eliasson Global Leadership Prize of 2020.

Elias founded NGO ECOWEEK in 2005 on Aegina island, as a one-week environmental awareness program. ECOWEEK was established with the passion to change people’s habits and with the mission to raise environmental awareness and to promote social and environmental sustainability. ECOWEEK programs have expanded their outreach to 17 coun...

June 5, 2020

It has been now almost a month after the completion of the first ECOWEEK online event. A great team of workshop leaders, consultants and participants have managed to reach impressive results in a short time working together from several locations around the globe. Inspiration, imagination, provocative ideas and new perspectives to old topics create the following amazing collection of proposals. So until next time, dive into our online meet-up results and enjoy the juicy ideas and the fresh concepts! 


Value System Game, an introduction to the circular design thinking.

Workshop leader: Lizanne Dirkx.

Workshop coordinator: Margarita Kyanidou.

The workshop tried out the Value System Game, and visualized the processes of a fictional project. The participants searched for s...

May 24, 2020

ECOWEEK organized its first online event. Experts in the field of Circular Economy shared their expertise and work around the globe, and engaged participants - primarily, students and young professionals - in a hands-on design challenge. This ECOWEEK event, like all others, was an opportunity to meet professionals, and network with peers from around the world.

Gardens that Heal, Recycle and Upcycle _ ECOWEEK 2020 Workshop W6 _ Proposal by team 5: Anjeza Vokshi, Dimitris Karalexis, Evrydiki Charimadopoulou, Mehmet Kisa, Nikoleta Filippidi_ led by Dr. Elias Messinas and Despoina Kouinoglou.

Why Circular Economy? The economies of the world are linear and designed to turn natural resources into waste. A circular economy is an economy that eliminates waste and aims towards the continual use of re...

May 19, 2020

Ecoweek, Thessaloniki 2015, Workshop 6, tutor: Johannes Peter Steidl

The Earth is round. Even a small child knows that. But for many generations, people believed that the Earth is flat – linear – and if they dared to think otherwise they were punished severely. Today, with all our knowledge and progress, we still think that economies and production processes ought to be linear. That is, from extraction, to production, to transportation, to consumption, they end up as waste, and that is okay. But it is not okay. Because turning Earth’s resources into waste, cannot last forever, as the Earth is finite, and therefore its resources are limited. Every introductory class in Economics, will tell you that although people’s wants and needs are unlimited, our resources to satisfy them are – unfortuna...

May 8, 2020

Current and future advancements show that the request for natural resources will rise three times in 2050. The main reasons under these advancements are on the one hand the global economic growth and on the other hand the increase of the world population, from 7 billion people today to 9 billion people in the next 50 years. (Swilling, 2011).

At the same time, the middle class will significantly increase, which will lead directly to the doubling of consumption per capita. (WBCSD, 2008) Because of the above mentioned changes, improving the life quality for many is a case in danger. (Ellen MacArthur Foundation, 2012). Adding to this the waste production is continuously increasing. Since the introduction of the “Ladder van Lansink: (in 1970) and the introduction of the Circular Economy concept...

May 3, 2020

Pandemic Architecture is an International Ideas Competition curated by the Design Ambassador for ARCHISEARCH.gr

While waiting for the ECOweek meet-up to launch on the 16th of May (more details to follow soon in a blog post!), I found myself trying to keep in touch with the online creative world and be pleasantly surprised by the numerous opportunities. Quarantine and self-isolation have become the new norm... but have you thought that our creativity and design practice has remained focused on topics that we used to think about, before this pandemic? As things around us shift and reshape drastically, creatives are facing new challenges. But what if we saw them as less of a challenge and more of new territory to be explored? How about instead of designing for a future that look...

October 8, 2019

Placemaking by ECOWEEK workshops for students of architecture and design, enable people to re-claim public space, transform it by using reclaimed and recycling materials, and empower people. The international conference and sustainable design workshops, was held in Israel on September 1-6 2019 at the Neot Shoshanim Community Center in Holon, at the Tel Aviv metropolitan area.Keep reading

May 1, 2019

1-week Design WorkshopsIntervention & Placemaking in Public Space

Join the ECOWEEK workshops at the Neot Shoshanim Community Center for design interventions and placemaking in the lobby and open spaces. 

ECOWEEK invites graduate and undergraduate students of Architecture, Design, and Planning to re-imagine and design public space in Israel! (Undergraduate students to have completed at least your 2nd year).

ECOWEEK 2019 is organized in collaboration with the Municipality of Holon, Holon Institute of Technology and Hildesheim University of Applied Sciences and Arts, Germany. 

ECOWEEK design workshops are multi-disciplinary and an experiential, intensive and meaningful platform for students to re-imagine public space and make meaningful interventions in real sites and re...

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