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ECOWEEK has initiated, invited and hosted lectures by a number of internationally acclaimed speakers, specialists and leaders in their field. Among the ECOWEEK distinguished speakers are Nobel Laureate and former US Vice President Al Gore, speaker at ECOWEEK 2007 on Global Warming, at the Athens Concert Hall in June 2007 (in cooperation with Megaron Plus); UK explorer and leadership expert Robert Swan, OBE ECOWEEK 2007 opening keynote speaker, at the Benaki Museum in Athens (in collaboration with the British Council).


ECOWEEK 2012: Public Lectures
Admission free

Keynote & Distinguished Speakers

For lectures schedule please see ECOWEEK 2012 Program

Ulf Meyer | Ingenhoven Architects, Germany

Ulf Meyer is an architect, partner in the architecture office of Ingenhoven Architects in German. Graduated from the Technical University (TU) of Berlin as Master of Architecture, and studied-abroad at the Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT) in Chicago, Ill. with the international IIT Fellowship and the Academic Scholarship of the Federal Republic of Germany. He is Distinguished Hyde Chair of Excellence for sustainable urban design at the University of Nebraska/Lincoln. Ulf is a member of the FuturArc Forum for Green Building in Southeast-Asia and Australia, correspondent for Central Europe for "World Architecture" magazine, London, UK, and Editor at "archplus" architectural magazine in Berlin. Ulf has lectured at universities all over Europe, the USA and Canada as well as Japan, China, Singapore, Australia, Malaysia, the Philippines and Taiwan. He has taught at the Bauhaus Graduate School of Design in Dessau/Germany and at summer schools with the Middle Eastern Technical University of Ankara/Turkey, the Georgia Institute of Technology of Atlanta/Georgia, the Rice Design Alliance of Houston/Texas and the University of Kansas Lawrence/Kansas (USA). Ulf has published over 1,000 articles in newspapers and magazines in Germany and abroad. He appeared on Radio, TV and Internet broadcast. Some of his texts have been translated into Spanish, Italian, Russian, Dutch and English. Ulf was the keynote speaker at the Green Build Conference in Phoenix/AZ 2009 and at the BCA in Singapore 2011.

Ulf Meyer's and Uli Molter's participation is made possible through the cooperation and support of Konrad Adenauer Stiftung.

Christoph Ingenhoven| Ingenhoven Architects, Germany

Christoph Ingenhoven studied architecture at the Rheinisch-Westfalische Technische Hochschule Aachen with a year of study at the Academy of Arts Dusseldorf under Prof. Hans Hollein. In 1985 he founded the architectural firm Ingenhoven Architekten in Dusseldorf. In addition to his work as a designer, he has been involved in many competitions as a jury member, expert consultant and judge, and has also held lectures in many cities around the world. Ingenhoven is a member of the Architektenkammer Nordrhein-Westfalen, the BDA (Bund Deutscher Architekten) and RIBA (Royal Institute of British Architects). He also serves on the following boards: Aedes Forum e.V., Berlin; Stiftung Lebendige Stadt, Hamburg, International Architecture Biennial, Rotterdam; Initiative Baukultur e.V., Berlin. More

Christoph Ingenhoven has postponed his participation due to unexpected professional commitments. The keynote lecture on Ingenhoven Architects will be delivered by architect Ulf Meyer, Ingenhoven Architects.
Elena Barthel, Architect | RURAL STUDIO, Alabama, USA

Elena Barthel comes to the Rural Studio from the School of Architecture of the University of Florence in Italy, where she graduated in 1999, and recently accomplished her PHD with the thesis 'Design & Build at the Rural Studio: the education of the Citizen Architect'. While she run her private practice in the historical centre of Florence Santo Spirito, a well-known craft district, she taught at the Department of Urban Design of the University of Florence, at the Architectural Association in London and lead Auburn University Study Abroad in Florence for the academic year 2010. In 2008-2009 she taught the Second Year Studio at the Rural Studio as Visiting Assistant Professor. Her studio took the opportunity to design and build Rose Lee's house, in Footwash, a small community near the Rural Studio. The students explored the 'Expandable Courtyard House' as the first of a new type in response to the transient nature and demographic of the contemporary family. She is currently Assistant Professor running the 3rd year design Studio and charged to design the Rural Studio Farm. A project focused on the redesign of the Rural Studio Campus and an opportunity to experiment with the production of food, energy and building material. The project is intended as a prototype to answer the important question: What can the future of farming be in a contemporary rural setting?

Daniel Pearl, Architect | L'OEUF Architects, Canada

Daniel Pearl with co-founding partner Mark Poddubiuk started L'OEUF (l'Office de l'Eclectisme Urbain et Fonctionnel) in 1992, where he concentrates his work on sustainable architecture, urban housing, residential and commercial renovation as well as in research, critic and theory. For over 18 years L'OEUF developed its reputation particularly in sustainable and environmental architecture. Danielís expertise is known for the architectural quality of their projects, their technical and professional skills as well as their active involvement in the academic, professional and community context. This expertise is always founded on a search for balance between the appropriate technique, the economic feasibility, the architectural expression et environmental impact of the project. L'OEUF members, as architects, support the fact that they are stewards of a built environment that is dignified, human, pleasant, functional, sustainable and sensitive to the environment.

Daniel Pearl will speak among others on the Canadian experience on 'green' housing projects and affordable housing.
Suzanne Deschamps, Real Estate Developer, Canada

Suzanne has a law degree as well as a MBA and has been involved in real estate development in Montreal for more than 22 years. She is Vice President, Real Estate Development & Legal Affairs of Groupe Pacific, a private developer. Since February 2007 she has been working on the masterplan of a sustainable mixed use community that aims to reduce the carbon footprint of the entire community to that of one planet (, in collaboration with the One Planet Community Program and BioRegional. She has been active in social housing, industrial and commercial projects in the city of Montreal as both Legal counsel and executive director of Montreal's development authority. She was involved in all aspects of major redevelopment projects in the city in the IT sector. Her responsibilities, as Director and team leader, also included the historical borough of Old Montreal and coordination of all activities taking place within its limits while promoting Old Montreal as a place to live, work and play. She is an accredited Climate Change presenter.

Alessio Battistella, Architect & Alberto Alcalde, Architect | ARCo Group Architects & Engineers, Italy

ARCo is a young group of engineers and architects, based in Milan since 2009. ARCo uses low cost materials and sustainable techniques to develop projects of Architecture for international cooperation, particularly educational projects, till the moment in Palestine and Mozambic. Each project tries to develop sustainability in different aspects: techniques, methodologies, environmental, economic, and social aspects. The tyres school in Al Khan Al Ahmar has been shown at FMG (Spazio per l'architettura) in Milan in 2011 and the bamboo school in Abu Hindi has won the second price ex aequo at "Premio Fondazione Renzo Piano for a young talent 2011", and the Silver Award of the Holcim Foundation 2011 - Africa and Middle East. Both have been presented at the Padiglione Italia XII Biennale di Venezia - Dialoghi AILATI Progettare etico e solidale - and have been awarded also with the Eme3 Cities Awards of the International Festival of Architecture of Barcelona. ARCo has just completed the construction of a Child Center in the village of Um Al Nasser, Gaza Strip, designed with Mario Cucinella.

Alessio Battistella and Alberto Alcalde will speak about their experience applying those principles in the three school buildings in Palestine.

Thomas Doxiadis, Architect, Landscape Architect | doxiadis+, Greece

Thomas Doxiadis, ASLA. Born in Athens. Architect Harvard University M. Arch (1998), Landscape Architect Harvard University MLA (1998), BA Harvard University (1992). former Associate Professor, University of Patras. former Associate Professor, University of Thessaly. Assistant Professor, Harvard University Graduate School of Design. Manager, Organizing Committee of Olympic Games Athens 2004 (1999-2003). Agency Director of Planning and Environmental Protection of Athens (1999-2001). Head of consulting offices doxiadis + which negotiates the architecture and landscape architecture on the basis of environmental planning and landscape ecology.
Braha Kunda | Head of the Department of Interior Design, Holon Institute of Technology (HIT)

Braha Kunda is an Architecture and Environmental Design Senior Lecturer and Head of Interior Design Department at the Design Faculty HIT - Israel. She received her B. Design from Bezalel Academy and M. Arch from Rice University, Houston USA. Braha has professional and academic experience in total architectural and environmental design of housing, commercial and public projects in a wide range of scales. Major interest in contextual design related to social and cultural aspects.

Carmela Jacoby-Volk | Head of the Department of Interior Design, College of Management

Carmella Jacoby-Volk is the of the Department of Interior Design, College of Management, environmental designer and cultural researcher. A member of the establishing committee of the undergraduate program in Interior Design for the Department of Interior Design, College of Management; Initiates, creates and establishes curricula, and the Department of Interior Design's Designers' Clinic, the first of its kind in Israel; leads and initiates collaborations with design schools abroad - visiting workshops, lectures, and student exchanges. Carmela is the founder and chief editor of "Block magazine" - City / Media / Theory / Architecture". She curates, initiates, produces and participates in international exhibitions and conferences in architecture, interior design and art. Her work is published in Israel and abroad. Carmela lectures and participates on panels and symposia, reviews and judging teams, and is the recepient of research grants and prizes. in her practice, Carmela designs residential buildings, offices, and public institutions.

Prof. Hillel Schocken | Schocken Architects Ltd, Israel

Prof. Hillel Schocken has been Principal at Schocken Architects since its establishment in 1978 leading projects in a large variety of building types and programs including Urban Planning, Museums, Educational facilities, Offices, Housing, Industry and Conservation. Under his Direction, Schocken Architects won high esteem among professional peers for the high quality of work produced. Schocken is held in high regard with officials in local authorities throughout the country and was invited to serve as member of numerous Juries for prizes and competitions. In parallel to his professional activity, Schocken has been teaching in Architecture schools throughout the country as well as abroad. Until recently, he served as director of the Azrieli School of Architecture at the Tel Aviv University. In 2000 Schocken was nominated Curator of the Israeli pavilion exhibition at the Venice Biennale of Architecture where he exhibited his original Urban Theory - "Intimate Anonymity". Schocken is among the founders of MIU - Movement for Israeli Urbanism as well as acting Chairman of the Board of directors of the "Israel Stage Orchestra" and publishes periodically articles in the national press covering both general and professional subjects.
  More lectures will be posted shortly.

For lectures schedule please see ECOWEEK 2012 Program


ECOWEEK 2012: Workshop Lectures
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Training Session

Michelle Farrell, Architect | IES
Michelle Farrell is the Head of the European Division for Integrated Environmental Solutions, Ltd. She attended Boston Architectural College, where she received both a Bachelors of Design Studies and Masters of Architecture. Michelle was named to the Consulting Specifying Engineer 2011 "40 under 40" list, is a LEED Accredited Professional, and has taught various courses in BIM and integrated analysis. After working for over 6 years in various architecture firms in the USA as an architectural designer, she began to analyze the 3D building models using performance analysis tools. Michelle has experience as a consultant in the USA and in Europe, including LEED consulting, and working directly with some of the top engineering and architecture firms in the USA and Europe to develop solutions that can be part of their normal design process, through the use of BIM models.

IES, Ltd. is a world leader in precision, intelligent sustainability solutions for every factor in making new and existing buildings more energy efficient, dramatically reducing operating overheads, and lowering CO2 emissions. Their consultative input is so innovative and analytical software so accurate that they're significantly reducing the carbon emissions of the built environment through the work of their architecture and engineering clients, as well as their own consulting services.

Building Performance Analysis using Google SKETCHUP & IES: BIM and Early Stage Analysis: These sessions provide an overview on how architects and designers can bring analysis for sustainable strategies to the earliest stages of the building design process using an Integrated Building Performance Model approach. Through the direct connectivity and import capabilities offered by IES software to other CAD/BIM systems, such as SketchUp and Revit, participants will experience how analysis can be integrated into their workflow, keeping sustainable design on-track. Attendees will be introduced to the process of analysing various building parameters, like energy consumption, daylighting and LEED assessments.

DOWNLOAD and install the software prior to the training session: click here NOTICE: In the NOTE write 'ECOWEEK' to receive a one-year free student license to use the software.
  For lectures schedule please see ECOWEEK 2012 PROGRAM

ECOWEEK 2012: Lectures & Events
Admission free


Exhibition Opening

Shai Zakai | ECO-ART, Israel

ECOWEEK 2012 hosts eco-artist Shai Zakai who will open her exhibition titled "Farewell from the Cement Dress" in February 26, at 17.30.
The exhibition also marks Shai's launching of her new book about her 'library of leaves' multimedia installation, and along with it, shows a photography based installation, which proposes a visual debate on the values of sustainability and is based upon the dialogue between feminine identity and the oppression of nature.
Forces of destruction and growth, industrial and organic materials, memory and detachment, are the materials of this installation. On a table made of cement and wooden slabs, about three meters long, is a photograph of the cement dress ( a metaphor for over construction verses preservation) previously a three-dimensional Work (2002), alongside photos of leaves, seeds, and texts printed on cement slabs (from the project "Forest Tunes - The Library" 1995-2012). The exhibition includes also photographs, an armor made of cactus water accumulation tissue and video-art.
The work is on display during the month of February as part of the ECOWEEK 2012 in Israel. Feb. 26-March 15.


ECOWEEK speakers

ECOWEEK has initiated, invited and hosted lectures by a number of internationally acclaimed speakers, specialists and leaders in their field. Among the ECOWEEK distinguished speakers are Nobel Laureate and former US Vice President Al Gore, speaker at ECOWEEK 2007 on Global Warming, at the Athens Concert Hall in June 2007 (in cooperation with Megaron Plus); UK explorer and leadership expert Robert Swan, OBE ECOWEEK 2007 opening keynote speaker, at the Benaki Museum in Athens (in cooperation with the British Council).

Since ECOWEEK 2010 ECOWEEK keynote speakers included award-winning architects Diebedo Francis Kere, Bjarke Ingels of BIG, award-winning architect Francoise-Helene Jourda, and Daniel Wicke of the Rural Studio, award-winning architect George Hargreaves, environmentalist and 'green' design expert Prof. David W. Orr (Oberlin College), and Danish architect Louis Becker of Henning Larsen Architects.

'ECOWEEK 2009: Empowering Youth: Ecology + Leadership + Architecture' International Conference in Athens, hosted keynote lectures by award-winning architect Shigeru Ban, and UK award-winning architect Ivan Harbour (Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners).

'ECOWEEK 2008: Ecology + Environment + Architecture' International Conference in collaboration with AIAContinental Europe, keynote speakers were 'green' skyscraper and author architect Ken Yeang, and Landscape Designer Julie Bargmann, at the Cotsen Hall of the American School of Classical Studies in Athens. In 2008 ECOWEEK also hosted the director of the architectural documentary Last Call for Planet Earth Jacques Allard, award-winning Greek architect Alexandros Tombazis and others.

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