ECOWEEK 2012: Urban Communities + Affordable Living + Green Design
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Welcome to ECOWEEK 2012 in the MIDDLE EAST!

'ECOWEEK is one of the best programs for students in Europe.' (ECOWEEK 2011 participant)

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ECOWEEK 2012 URBAN COMMUNITIES + AFFORDABLE LIVING + GREEN DESIGN: International Conference & Workshops for Architecture & Design
for Young Architects, Designers, Landscape Architects and graduate students

This year, for one more year ECOWEEK brings together the best among ecologically minded-architects, designers, landscape architects, young professionals, and graduate students, in a week of creative thinking 'out of the box', cooperation, dialogue, intercultural exchange, networking, hard work and lots of fun!

ECOWEEK 2012 is a great opportunity for young professionals to learn about 'green' buildings, to hear and meet the best architects in the field, to learn from the best engineers and experts in the field, to train and gain experience in how to think, plan and design 'green' and affordable. The ECOWEEK 2012 workshops will take place in HIT, Bezalel, and the Municipality of Rishon LeZion, in cooperation with the municipalities of Jerusalem, Holon, and Rishon LeZion. There willl also be projects in Moshav Zur Moshe, Azaryia (Bethany) in cooperation with Shorouq Palestinian Women Society, and Tiberias in cooperation with the Scottish Church. The ECOWEEK 2012 projects involve urban planning, new buildings, landscape design, interior design, and industrial design. The workshop leaders are coming from Israel, West Bank, US, Canada, Germany, Denmark, Italy, and Greece. Don't miss it!

WHAT'S NEW in ECOWEEK 2012 in the Middle East?

(a) In cooperation with the Municipalities of Jerusalem, Rishon LeZion, and Holon, and with the cooperation with the Scottish Church and Moshav Zur Moshe, ECOWEEK 2012 workshops are assigned REAL PROJECTS, in REAL SITES, in consultation with a REAL 'CLIENT'. More details here.

(b) Selected projects from the ECOWEEK 2012 proposals will be further developed and some will be implemented!

(c) ECOWEEK 2012 includes two hands-on workshops, which will spend time both designing AND building their projects!

(d) ECOWEEK 2012, in cooperation with the Municipality of Jerusalem, Bezalel Academy and Konrad Adenauer Stiftung, intends that the ECOWEEK 2012 Workshop proposals will be exhibited and will be published in a catalogue following the week of ECOWEEK 2012. More details will be posted shortly.

(e) In parallel to ECOWEEK 2012, ECOWEEK is also starting the activity of the GREENHOUSE, a new initiative for innovation, social and environmental entrepreneurship. The GREENHOUSE is already active in Greece. Starting in February 2012, it will also be active in Israel. The first assignment for the ECOWEEK GREENHOUSE will be the interior design and exterior landscape design assignments - to include also hands-on implemention - for a public building in Holon. More on the GREENHOUSE. More details will be posted shortly.

ECOWEEK 2012 is a great opportunity to hear keynote lectures and work with leading architects and designers - such as keynote speakers Christoph Ingenhoven (Germany), Elena Barthel of the RURAL STUDIO (USA), and Daniel Pearl (Canada) - to network, to meet leading professionals and students from other countries, and to earn academic credits through your School (some of the partner Schools of Architecture and Design offer academic credits to their students)!


ECOWEEK has invited since 2005 internationally acclaimed speakers, expert architects, landscape architects and engineers to give lectures about their projects, explain how 'green' buildings work and how we design and operate them, to lead design workshops and share their experience, expertise and skills with young professioinals, and to give us insights and inspire us about sustainable solutions in design and beyond. Meet some of the distinguished ECOWEEK speakers: Al Gore, Shigeru Ban, Ken Yeang, Francoise-Helene Jourda, Michael Sorkin, Bjarke Ingels, Diebedo Francis Kere, Robert Swan, Rogers Stirk Harbour, ARUP, Buro Happold, Rural Studio, WHITE Architects:

Shigeru Ban Architect
Ken Yeang Architect
Michael Sorkin, Sorkin Studio
Bjarke Ingels, BIG
Ivan Harbour, Rogers Stirk Harbour
Danny Wicke, Rural Studio
Sara Grahn, WHITE Architects
Francis Kere Architect
Francoise-Helene Jourda
Thomas Rau, RAU Architects
Julie Bargmann, DIRT Studio
Alexandros Tombazis, Meletitiki
Thomas Doxiadis, doxiadis+
Al Gore
Robert Swan, UK


The year 2011 was a very active year. ECOWEEK was hosted for the first time in Thessaloniki, then for the first time in Milano, and the year was closed with ECOWEEK 2011 in Athens and the first urban planning assignment of the ECOWEEK GREENHOUSE.

In 2012, ECOWEEK is hosted in cities around the world, including: Jerusalem, Holon, Rishon, Tiberias, Jordan Valley, Thessaloniki, Krakow, and Rome.

In 2013, ECOWEEK is hosted in Copenhagen, Istanbul, Bucharest, and Rishon. More cities may soon join. More details here.


View short video with ECOWEEK 2010 in the Middle East participants (Arabic, Hebrew, Italian, French, and English)
Read ECOWEEK in the PRESS | ECOWEEK PRESS page (English)
Read ECOWEEK in the PRESS | ECOWEEK PRESS page (Greek)
View interview with ECOWEEK Chairman E. Messinas | ARCHITRAVEL (English)
Read PDF ECOWEEK 2010 in Athens, Greece | Published in KTIRIO (Greek)
Read PDF ECOWEEK 2010 in Athens, Greece | Published in BUILDING GREEN (Greek)
Read PDF ECOWEEK 2010 in the Middle East | Published in ECODOMEIN (Greek)
Read PDF ECOWEEK 2010 in the Middle East | SHORT REPORT (English)
Read PDF ECOWEEK 2010 in the Middle East | SHORT REPORT (Greek)
Read PDF ECOWEEK 2010 in the Middle East | WORKSHOP REPORT (English)

View ECOWEEK Conferences & Workshops since 2008 in Greece and abroad
Read Participants' Comments on ECOWEEK 2011 in Milano, Italy
Read Participants' Comments on ECOWEEK 2011 in Thessaloniki, Greece
Participants' Comments on ECOWEEK 2010 in Athens, Greece
Read Participants' Comments on ECOWEEK 2010 in the Middle East


ECOWEEK is an independent non-governmental organization (NGO) established initially in Greece in 2005 and active in Europe and the Middle East. Its mission is to raise environmental awareness and promote the principles of sustainability. ECOWEEK organizes workshops and activity on environmental protection and 'green' buildings for young professionals. ECOWEEK through he ECOWEEK GREENHOUSE, a platform for innovation and entrepreneurship for society and the environment, develops and implements real projects in real sites addressing real issues and offering real solutions to local communities. The ECOWEEK Network has members in more than 20 countries. More about ECOWEEK.

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View ECOWEEK 2012 in the Middle East in NTD TV (March 2012)

View short video of ECOWEEK 2011 Workshop W7 from Milano, Italy led by Guidarini&Salvadeo and Studio WOK Architects, Milano.
View in YouTube

View short video (1:37 min) created by Workshop 13 participants in ECOWEEK 2011 in Thessaloniki, Greece

View short video (3:05 min) created by French Architecture student Caroline Charvier for the ECOWEEK Workshop led by architect Michael Sorkin in ECOWEEK 2010 in the Middle East

View short video (1:06 min) created by the
ECOWEEK Workshop led by Rural Studio
architect Daniel Wicke
in ECOWEEK 2010 in Athens, Greece

More videos will be posted.

ECOWEEK 2012 Partners in the Middle East (frequently updated) :
Partner Organizations :  
Supporting Partners 2012 :
Communication Partners 2012 :
Partner and Cooperating Organizations 2012 :
Palestine Peace Society

ECOWEEK thanks its partners for making ECOWEEK 2012 possible and successful.
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