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  CLOSED CALL! ECOWEEK SEEKING PROJECT COORDINATOR (31/11/14) ECOWEEK is seeking project coordinator for project in South Israel, for project starting January 2015 for eight (8) months. The project involves working with the Jewish and Beduin communities, and combines environmental education activity and events, visiting experts from Israel and abroad, sustainable design and design-build hands-on projects. More details posted here
NEWS!
IMPROVING THE SCHOOL CANTEENS IN GREECE!
The GREENHOUSE in Athens just completed the first phase of a project to improve the conditions, design and content (i.e. food served) of the canteens in Greece, applying the principles of sustainable design. Read more
NEWS! GOLDA SCHOOL GETS GARDEN OVERHAUL! The HIT students and the GREENHOUSE completed the remodelling of the Golda Public School garden in Holon, Israel. Read more
NEWS!
COPENHAGEN: 17 ECOWEEK PROJECTS CHOSEN TO BE REALIZED IN NORDVEST AREA!
The President of the Local Committee of the Northwest area of Copenhagen announced that the Municipality of Copenhagen has decided to use 17 of the ECOWEEK solutions (out of 26) in the realization of the projects! The projects include: apartment block pathways, climate change adaptation, active gardens and urban farming, a new park in Emaljehaven, environmentally aware playgrounds, therapy gardens, a street market, new bike sheds, a new car park, the reuse of an abandonded office building, rainwater draining, and a 'green' extension of Karen's house. View projects
CLOSED CALL: PARTICIPATION in the new GREENHOUSE Team in ATHENS, THESSALONIKI and JERUSALEM!
The GREENHOUSE is inviting young professionals (architects, landscape architects, designers, planners, engineers, environmental engineers) to join the GREENHOUSE teams and established professionals (architects, landscape architects, and engineers) who wish to benefit their communities, to join the ECOWEEK GREENHOUSE TEAM for a time period of three to six (3-6) months. The cooperation is on a volunteer basis and requires the commitment of 2-3 full days per week with at least monthly team meetings. The teams are guided by expert professionals from Greece and abroad. The task(s) of the team include design development of REAL projects and attending meetings with the professional supervisors, consultants, and the 'client' - the Municipality, community, NGO, or Institution (public or private). The goal of this process is to develop proposals and design solutions towards implementation! Read more
  GREECE: [Athens] [Thessaloniki] [Metamorfossi] [Aegina] [Canteens Project]
ISRAEL
: [Holon] [Holon Golda School (2013)] [Jessie Cohen Community Center (2013)] [Jaffa (2013)] [Bat Yam (2013)]
PALESTINE: [Bethany (Al-Azaryia) (2013)]
  PROJECT: BETHANY (AL-AZARYIA) (2013)


W3: Sustainable Pilgrimage Route in Bethany (Al-Azaryia), Palestine

The project was initially developed during ECOWEEK 2013 in the Middle East (March 3-8, 2013) led by Engineer Byron Stigge (Level Infrastructure Agency, USA) and Architect Elias Messinas (ECOAMA/ECOWEEK, Greece/Israel) and hosted at the Scottish Guesthouse in Jerusalem. The project was supported by consultants, including URBIS Jerusalem (Yoel Siegel), Avner Haramati, Osnat Post, Avner Abunar, Fatima Faroun (Director of the Shorouq Association for the Empowerment of Palestinian Women) and the Grand Chancellor of St. Lazarus Philippe Piccapietra. The workshop team, which comprised of Israeli, Palestinian and Greek architecture students and young architects, developed a Sustainable Pilgrimage Route through the Palestinian town of Azaryia connecting it from Jericho and the Dead Sea to Jerusalem.

The team created along the main axis, a series of functions to serve both the needs of pilgrims and tourists but also to generate new development and economic activity for the local community. These functions included parking, an ecological center and urban agriculture site, hospitality, new parks and a public square, new buildings such as public buildings, schools, institutions and housing, renovating historic structures (such as the Old Chan and the Apostles Spring), interventions in the commercial road (making it more pedestrian-friendly, introduce cafes and restaurants, and add shading), and rehabilitating the Lazarus Square leading to the Old City and the Tomb of St. Lazarus, used today as a bus parking.

The team also introduced alternative infrastructure solutions (for example for the sewage that is flowing by the road), using a Living Machine and constructed wetlands to provide water for irrigation (making the entry to Azaryia along the pilgrimage route, a green experience not only for the pilgrims but also for the local community).

The project aims to trigger integrated (sustainable) development in Azaryia, to cater and serve not only the tourists, but primarily, the local community. Thus, strengthen the local economy, impove infrastructure and environmental awareness and education, and promote entrepreneurship for local women and youth.

The project was presented at the Jerusalem International Symposium for Green & Accessible Pilgrimage on April 24, 2013. On the occasion of the presentation, the first pledge to support the design and implementation of the Lazarus Square was made by the Military and Hospitalier Order of St. Lazarus of Jerusalem. Read more in article titled 'Ecological corridors vital to pilgrimage routes' by Sharon Udasin, published in the Jerusalem Post (24/4) here.

> W3: PDF | Revised PDF

W1: Shorouq Women Association in Bethany (Al-Azaryia), Palestine (2010-2011)

ECOWEEK Workshop with architects Dan Price (Israel), Ziad Zallad and Mai Haseba (Palestine) as workshop leaders, designed and consulted Shorouq Palestinian Women Association, to re-design the interior, design the extension, and consult the project architect in completing the renovation of the Shorouq Center in Bethany, Palestine. The preliminary design of the project took place in ECOWEEK 2010 in the Middle East in July 2010. The first phase of the project was implemented in 2011, thanks to the support of the Embassy of Belgium. Phase two of the project, including the wooden pergola on the roof, will be completed at a later date.

> W1: ZIP
  PROJECT: SCHOOL CANTEENS IN GREECE (2013)

Improving the Public School Canteens in Trikala, Volos, Kavala, and Ioannina is the first phase of a project to improve the conditions, design and content (i.e. food served) of the canteens in Greece, undertaken by Maria Seitopoulou of CO2 Green Office in Athens. The first phase of the project was completed by the GREENHOUSE team in Athens. The team made an extensive survey of the existing canteens, and proposed new designs (and often new locations) for the canteens, based on the requirements of the Ministries in Greece and the principles of sustainable design.

Project consultants: Elias Messinas, architect (ECOAMA, Greece & Israel) and Maria Seitopoulou (CO2 Green Office, Athens).
Project team (Athens): Eleni Ziova and Nikos Vandoros. Brief participation of Melpomeni Vyzika (Thessaloniki/Kavala).

 
  PROJECT: THESSALONIKI (2012)

Municipality of Thessaloniki (Greece) is the host of a series of small to middle size interventions in public spaces and schools. ECOWEEK thanks the Municipality of Thessaloniki for the cooperation - Deputy Municipalities of Environment and Open Spaces, of Architecture and of Education.


GH-W1: 6th High School This workshop focused on small to medium scale interventions in the open yard of the 6th High School on Papanastasiou street in Thessaloniki. The proposals included change of floor cover, increase of vegetation, creation of shaded seating areas for the students, and also proposed larger scale interventions that will include the participation of the community around the school. Some of the interventions aimed to improve aesthetics, but most aimed to improve soft surfaces (and thus reduce noise), increase planted spaces (thus enable more rainwater to be absorbed by the soil), and increase vegetation (and thus increase shading and reduce the heat-island effect). The design and implementation of th project encourages the create re-use of salvaged materials. The project is scheduled to be implemented in close coordination with the Deputy Municipality of Architecture, the GREENHOUSE team, the parents association, and volunteer groups such as Thessalonistas.

Project consultants: Benjamin Gill (BioRegional, UK), Elias Messinas, architect (ECOAMA, Greece & Israel), and Thomas Pelioglou (Engineer, ECOWEEK Associate).

> Project proposal (20/12/11)



ECOWEEK 2012 Projects in Thessaloniki: Five (5) workshops during ECOWEEK designed and implemented small scale interventions in public spaces in the city including an urban square, a parking lot, and two schools. The projects were designed and implemented in coordination with the Municipality of Thessaloniki - Deputy Mayor Konstantinos Zervas and Municipal coordinator of the project Vaggelis Matziris. Project coordinators/group consultants:

W2
: Thomas Doxiadis (doxiadis+, Greece)- intervention in PAOK stadium VIP parking lot.

W6
: Dimitris Raidis and Alexandros Koulikouris (KARD Architects, Greece)- intervention in a park on Papanastasiou Street.

W7
: Evdokia Voudouri (ark4), Slobodan Spasic (ECOIST), Andreas Nassos (Vitaverde) (Greece & Serbia) - interventions in the open yard of 30th High School.

W8
: Senem Doyduk (Dogus University, Turkey) - interventions in the open yard of the 21st Nursery School.

W1: An additional group created a vertical garden at the Goethe Institute open yard, under the guidance of architect Gernot Minke (Germany).

> Project proposals (04/12):

> W2: PDF | Video
> W6: PDF | Video | Video
> W7: PDF | Video
> W8: PDF

  PROJECT: HOLON COMMUNITY CENTER (started 02/12)



IL-W1: 'Community Center Jessie Cohen', Holon, Israel (2012)

The COMMUNITY CENTER JESSIE COHEN at Holon, Israel, is the first experimental cooperation of the ECOWEEK GREENHOUSE in Israel. ECOWEEK thanks the Jessie Cohen Community Center in Holon, the Holon Institute of Technology and the College of Managmenet for the cooperation.

Workshop brief: This workshop works closely with the Community Center director, towards designing a number of small-scale interventions and interior design, needed by the Community Center. The Community Center has allocated funds for the implementation of the GREENHOUSE proposals, including the following:
> Interior - Exterior Design assignments:
(a) Redesign of the front facade of the Community Center, and the open space in front of it.
(b) Redesign of the entrance lobby.
(c) Redesign of the office space of the Community Center administration.
(d) Assist in the redesign of the toilets of the second floor (primarily choice of colors).
(e) Redesign of the children's club (rendering by M. Regev - image to the left).
(f) Assist in the replacement of existing windows with new more efficient frames and insulatied glass, to reduce heat gain (summer) and heat loss (winter).
(g) Consulted the Center in improving exterior wall insulation and roof insulation in order to reduce heat gain (summer) and heat loss (winter). It is very likely that this will be implemented at a later date due to budget restrictions.

> Landscape Design assignments:
(a) Planning of the community garden in the front of the Community Center. The garden was patially implemented in March 2012 and more interventions are planned. The implementation of the garden, and initial planting took place with the participation of the community and children (images to the left). The Commnunity Center provided with materials, equipment, and volunteers.
(b) The team is considering the design of a vertical garden on the front facade.

Project Consultants: Arch. Heidi Arad, and Arch. Elias Messinas. The GREENHOUSE workshop is based at the Holon Institute of Technology (HIT) on 52 Golomb street, in Holon, and coordinated by the HIT interior design students Mor Regev (the group was also coordinated by Yaara Katz).

> Project proposal (07/2012)



W4: Jessie Cohen Community Center Community Garden, Holon, Israel (2013)

The COMMUNITY CENTER JESSIE COHEN at Holon, Israel, was the first experimental cooperation of the ECOWEEK GREENHOUSE in Israel. The present GREENHOUSE workshop is the second phase of the intial project (see here) and it was made possible thanks to the cooperation of ECOWEEK and the ECOWEEK GREENHOUSE in Israel, the Municipality of Holon, the Jessie Cohen Community Centerand the Holon Institute of Technology Interior Design Department. The project was coordinated by Arch. Elias Messinas, and it took place at the Holon Institute of Technology (HIT) in Holon.

Workshop brief: The team focused on a specific assignment, namely, the rehabilitation and remodelling of the front garden of the community center, to be turned into a community vegetable garden, and also a place for repose, meeting and physical activity for the community members - primarily, to serve the Ethiopian community of Jessie Cohen neighborhood. The program required are for planting - to be divided into smaller plots - shaded sitting area, walking path, sitting arrangements along the front fence, and miscellaneous planting.

The team has incorporated in its design solution for the walking path and sitting wooden deck, the use of wooden rolls - used for the winding of cables - available through large scale electrical contractors and the Israel Electric Company. In addition, the team has incorporated in its design solution wooden pallets, available throughout Israel, as a solution both for the deck and for planting. Other materials include used construction wood seeked through contractors (from building sites) and other reclaimed materials.

The project is now at the preliminary design development phase.The Community Center administration is interested to further develop and implement it.

> W4: PDF
  PROJECT: JAFFA TABEETHA SCHOOL (started 2013)

TABEETHA

W1: 'Tabeetha Elementary School', Jaffa Old City, Israel

The TABEETHA SCHOOL project in the Old City of Jaffa, Israel was made possible thanks to the cooperation of ECOWEEK and the ECOWEEK GREENHOUSE in Israel, the Scottish Church and the Holon Institute of Technology Interior Design Department. The project was coordinated by Arch. Elias Messinas, and it took place at the Holon Institute of Technology (HIT) in Holon.

The Tabeetha school is located in a historic building dating from the 1870s in the Old City of Jaffa. The school serves the local community of children, providing education from kindergarten to high school.

Workshop brief: The team reviewed a number of possible assignments with the school administration: architectural and landscape re-design of areas in the school, environmental solutions for the conservation of energy and water, a possible re-design of the open spaces surrounding the school building, new design of classrooms and a shading structure for the installation of photovoltaic panels.

Upon the request of the school administration, the decision was that the team would focus on the design of a new gallery to function as a library for the school.

The project is now at the preliminary design development phase.The Scottish Church and Tabeetha school are interested to further develop and implement it.

> W1: PDF

  PROJECT: MATERIALS SQUARE, BAT YAM (started 2013)

W2: Materials Square, Industrial Zone of Bat Yam, Israel

The Materials Square is located on a traffic roundabout on Ort Israel street in the Industrial Zone of Bat Yam. The project is planned in close cooperation between ECOWEEK and the ECOWEEK GREENHOUSE, with the Industrial Zone Administration (Minhelet Ezor Taasyia), Out of the Box NGO and the Terminal - the center for Design and Community involvement in the Industrial Zone of Bat Yam, and the Holon Institute of Technology Interior Design Department. The project was coordinated by Arch. Elias Messinas, and it took place at the Holon Institute of Technology (HIT) in Holon.

Workshop brief: The team was assigned a square, after touring the area and evaluating alternative sites. Then the team was given an open brief - to design an open traffic square based on the fact that it is located in the industrial zone of Bat Yam, and it is adjacent factories of different materials - this is where the name comes from.

The team studied different alternatives and is developing a design idea around the concept of environmental education. The central piece will be an adult tree - brought in from an adjacent site which is now being excavated before construction. The tree will give shade and also to become a landmark in an otherwise industrial area. Surrounding the tree, there will be 'boxes' with materials. The boxes would be metal-wire cages, filled with recycled materials and materials from the production process of the adjacent factories, that would otherwise be sent to a landfill. The square would be planted and lit by special lighting.

The project is now at the preliminary design development phase.The project partners aim to develop this proposal towards implementation.

> W2: PDF

  PROJECT: PUBLIC SCHOOL GOLDA, HOLON (started 2013)





W3: Educational garden, Golda Public School, Holon, Israel

Golda School is located near the Holon Institute of Technology (HIT) and the Design Museum of Holon. The project is planned in close cooperation between ECOWEEK and the ECOWEEK GREENHOUSE, with the Golda School administration, the Holon Municipality, and the Holon Institute of Technology Interior Design Department. The project was coordinated by Arch. Elias Messinas, and it took place at the Holon Institute of Technology (HIT) in Holon.

Workshop brief: The team was assigned the front yard of the school, where the school has created a temporary educational garden for the students, to improve the existing vegetable and spices garden, increase planting space, design the access path and seating areas for the students to sit in groups and individually, and to create a visual and educational effect for the school, students and visitors.

The team studied different alternatives - as well as additional sites within the school campus for future proposals - and it developed a design idea that can cover the programmatic requirements, yet give the school entrance a very distinct character through the use of a combination of new and recycled and reclaimed materials for the exterior pieces of furniture, with a strong environmental-educational component. The school administration makes special efforts to raise environmental awareness and environmentally-friendly behavior among the student and faculty community.

The project was completed by the students in September 2013.

> W3: PDF
> W3 : Video

  PROJECT: ATHENS (01/12)

City of Athens

City of Athens (Attica, Greece) is the second experimental cooperation of the ECOWEEK GREENHOUSE in Greece. ECOWEEK thanks the Municipality of Athens for the cooperation.

EW-W2: 'Underground Sunpath', Villa Klonaridi, Patissia Preliminary proposal developed by the ECOWEEK 2011 Workshop led by architect Antonis Gavalas.The workshop focused on social rehabilitation, accommodation of municipal services, increase park area, energy retrofit or existing and protected buildings, design a new zero carbon public building. Project consultant: To be announced.
> Project proposal (17/12/11)
EW-W5: 'Vivid Stripes', Mahis Analaton Square, N. Kosmos Preliminary proposal developed by the ECOWEEK 2011 Workshop led by architects Athanasios Polyzoidis and Katerina Petsiou.The workshop focused on a vision for the upgrade of the broader area of N. Kosmos, and the square as a core that activates an urban 'green' network within N. Kosmos. Project consultant: To be announced.
> Project proposal (17/12/11)
EW-W8: 'EcoCultural Apparatus', Platos' Academy Preliminary proposal developed by the ECOWEEK 2011 Workshop led by architect and landscape architect Thomas Doxiadis. The workshop focused on a vision for the upgrade of the broader area of N. Kosmos, and the square as a core that activates an urban 'green' network within N. Kosmos. Project consultant: To be announced.
> Project proposal (17/12/11)
EW-W9: 'Greenery vs Asphalt', Plato's Academy Preliminary proposal developed by the ECOWEEK 2011 Workshop led by architects Thanos N. Stasinopoulos, and Isaac Meir. The workshop focused on the following objectives: add as much vegitation as possible, increase water permeability of the ground, increase pedestrian areas and restict car dominance, and enhance social ties and interaction leisure (urban farming). Project consultant: To be announced.
> Project proposal (17/12/11)
EW-W11: 'Pezopolis', Refugee Settlement, Panormou Preliminary proposal developed by the ECOWEEK 2011 Workshop led by P. Stathopoulou, El. Polychronatou, L. Stathopoulou, N. Detsis, and V. Karavia. The workshop focused on the reorganization of the circulation around the buildings complex and the pedestrian paths within the complex. Project consultant: To be announced.
> Project proposal (17/12/11)

EW-W17: Kypselis Square Preliminary proposal developed by the ECOWEEK 2011 Workshop led by architects Panagiotis Sarlis and Alexandros Avlonitis, and lighting design by Thanassis Dalinof. The workshop focused on the reorganization of the square, looking anew at the geometry, the access points, entries, sitting areas, finishes, materials, shading and lighting. Project consultant: To be announced.
> Project proposal (17/12/11)

  PROJECT: METAMORFOSSI (12/11)

Municipality of Metamorfossi (Attica, Greece) is the first experimental location of the POPUP GREENHOUSE in Greece. ECOWEEK thanks the Municipality of Metamorfossi for the cooperation.
- Find Metamorfossi on the map.

GH-W1: This workshop focused on a waste recycling and composting project combining a public garden at the earthquake-victim site in Metamorfossi. This is the first such group to form towards undertaking the planning and design of a 'green' project within Metamorfossi. Project consultants: Elias Messinas, architect (ECOAMA) and Vasileios Ntovros, architect.
> Project proposal (20/12/11)
GH-W2: This workshop focused on the 'green' design of two schools (2o and 4o Dimotiko) in Metamorfossi. Project consultants: Benjamin Gill, environmentalist (BioRegional), and Aris Liakopoulos, architect.
> Project proposal (17/12/11)
GH-W3: This workshop focused on the creation of a mixed-use site that included social housing, a park, public facilities and recycling center. Project consultants: Chryssa Nikoloutsou, architect, and Dora Ntatsopoulou, architect) (Architecture for Humanity Athens Chapter).
> Project final proposal (17/12/11)
GH-W4: This proposal involves the creation of an 'Urban Trail' (Astiko Peripato) within Metamorfossi, to 'connect' and 'relate' sites of historic, natural and ecological interest and importance within Metamorfossi. The goal is (a) to bring the residents closer to the 'secrets' of their city, and (b) to attract visitors from other areas of Athens, to generate income to the local businesses. Project consultant: Elias Messinas architect and environmental consultant (ECOAMA).
> Project proposal (17/12/11)
Site visit (10/12/11): The GREENHOUSE team was toured in Metamorfossi on Saturday 10/12/11 by Deputy Mayor Argyris Skopelitis. The team was briefed about issues in Metamorfossi and visited sites that can potentially become the ancors for new 'green' development in Metamorfossi. The site visit was coordinated by ECOWEEK Associatese Thomas Pelioglou and Maria Marsela Douni.

GREENHOUSE POPUP Exhibition: The first ECOWEEK GREENHOUSE POPUP Exhibition took place in Metamorfossi on December 19-21, 2011. The exhibition was hosted at the Pnevmatiko Kentro of Metamorfossi, and was made possible thanks to the close cooperation between ECOWEEK and the Metamorfossi Municipality. Exhibitors and participants: Karre, Plugwise, Sole, Oikosteges, TT Hliaki Taratsa, Perivoli stin Poli, Veltiotiki, Anakyklosi Syskevon AE, Carteco, Positive Energy, Build IT, Ecogroup, Plant-a-Tree, AURO, Fair Trade Hellas, Atis, Toyota Hellas, and LETS. The exhibition was visited during the week by local schools and the general public, who participated in the discussions and presentatations on energy conservation, waste recycling, entrepreneurship and the environment. The public also attended the screening of the film 'The Power of Community' featuring the development of urban agriculture during the peak-oil crisis in Cuba in the 1990s. The POPUP exhibition was organized and coordinated by ECOWEEK Associate Eloise Touni.
GREENHOUSE POPUP Exhibition visited by Elementary School: The students of the 2o Dimotiko (Elementary) school of Metamorfossi visited the ECOWEEK GREENHOUSE POPUP Exhibition on 20/12/11 and learned about recycling and composting. The school received as a gift one composter for the school yard, courtesy of GREENHOUSE Partner Veltiotiki - G. Pappas.
PAST PROJECTS: GREENHOUSE & ECOWEEK (2005-2010)
Dudaim, Israel: ECOWEEK GREENHOUSE founder and consultant Elias Messinas is the architect and consultant of a waste recycling plant Visitors' Center at the landfil site of Dudaim in the Negev desert (southern Israel). Preliminary design was completed for Bnei Shimon Regional Council in 2008. The preliminary design of the building proposes the building using recycled and reclaimed materials at a content of at least 50%.
Aegina, Greece: ECOWEEK GREENHOUSE founder and consultant Elias Messinas initiated and coordinated, with Mayor Dimitris Mourtzis and the Association of Municipal Waste Collecting Staff, the establishment of a waste recycling program on Aegina island, Greece (14,000 residents) between 2005 and 2008. Within the framework of the program, Aegina received, at no charge, 300+ blue bins, two new trucks and funding for the shipping of waste to a registered recycling station in Attica. The program was officially launched by Mayor Panagiotis Koukoulis in 2008.