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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
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Keynote & Distinguished Speakers

For schedule see ECOWEEK 2012 Program

Marta Pozo Gil, Architect | MVRDV, Holland

Marta Pozo Gil is an architect and licensed BREEAM assessor. She has been working with MVRDV since 2007 where, in addition to her role as a Project Leader, Marta leads MVRDV's Sustainability Department. By forming environmental strategies and energy-efficiency guidelines for each design process, Marta ensures a high standard is maintained for all of MVRDV's projects.
Marta has been involved in the conceptualizing and execution of projects of various scales. She is currently leading the design team for Montecorvo Eco City in Logrono, Spain. MVRDV's award-winning competition design (2008) envisions the construction of a sustainable neighbourhood of 3000 units of social housing, a school and public facilities. To achieve a CO2-neutral footprint, 100% of the required energy will be generated on-site by means of wind and solar power, complemented by a bioclimatic layout, recycling facilities, reuse of greywater, etc. The first phase of the project is scheduled to break ground in 2013.
Marta is also working on a dense urban masterplan in Bordeaux, France - an ambitious "eco-quartier" where all energy consumed by the masterplan will be produced on-site. The 35ha site, which will redevelop former military grounds, extends Bordeaux's city center across the Garonne river and provide 3200 homes, offices and urban amenities. MVRDV's masterplan carefully respects the existing urban fabric and creates an intimate character for the new neighbourhood. It is referred to as a 'capillary city'; a contemporary update of the historic European city - combining history, human scale and individualism with density and sustainability. The masterplan's buildings have high energy performance ratings, and ensure natural sunlight, even in the winter. Other sustainability considerations include: the masterplan's water cycle, waste management and material selection.
When realised, Zac Bastide Niel will be one of the largest zero-energy neighbourhoods in the world, and is an excellent example of how new sustainable districts can improve the quality of life in our cities. The project is regarded as the most significant contemporary urban intervention in Bordeaux. Construction is to start in 2014.
Marta has received degrees from Universidad Politecnica de Valencia, Spain (2001) and TU Berlin, Germany (2004). She regularly lectures and has won several awards.

Nicola Delon, Architect | ENCORE HEUREUX, France

Born in Constantine (Algeria), Nicola Delon grew up in South West of France. He studied architecture in Toulouse, University of Montreal / Mc Gill University, Canada, and Paris la Villette. Nicola established ENCORE HEUREUX with Julien Choppin in 2001. Nicola has lectured and has exhibited his work in France and abroad (USA, Canada, Mongolia, Brazil, Romania). Nicola has taught at the Ecole Speciale d'Architecture (Paris).

ENCORE HEUREUX was founded in 2001 by Nicola Delon and Julien Choppin. From 2002 to 2005, they realized ephemeral installations, with tight budgets and numerous restraints. In parallel they developed graphic works (summary images, websites, graphic design) aimed at architects. Since 2005 they participated in architectural competitions and worked on studies in association with Patrick Bouchain. Their work has been published and was the subject of several publications and has been presented in works, exhibitions and conferences in France and abroad. In 2006 ENCORE HEUREUX won the "Nouveaux Albums de la Jeune Architecture" awarded by the French Ministry of Culture for young architects. In 2009, ENCORE HEUREUX won the competition for the construction of the municipal museum for the town of Suresnes; participated in the Ordos 100 project for experimental housing estates in Inner Mogolia (China) - organized by Herzog et De Meuron, and were invited by the National Art Museum of China, to design a prototype of emmergency shelters. Recently they completed a floating building for a cultural organisation in Paris, a research and innovation center for Saint -Gobain company and a cinema complex in south of France.

ENCORE HEUREUX work is centered around creating comfort, inventing new uses and inspiring wonder. Seizing opportunities, making excuses and observing situations are some of the strategies to conceptualize projects in architecture, art and design. For them, ENCORE HEUREUX rhymes with demand and lucidity, optimism and commitment.

Ulf Meyer, Architect | 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.

Bartosz Haduch, Architect | NArchitekTURA, Poland

Bartosz Haduch is an architect, academic teacher, journalist, finalist in a number of architectural competitions. Graduated from Faculty of Architecture at the Silesian Univesity of Technology in Gliwice, and from the Faculty of Architecture and Fine Arts at the University in Sewilla. After studying and practicing in Holland, Spain and Austria he opened his own practice in Krakow. Since 2007 he is heading the research and design group "NArchitekTURA", working in the field of urban planning, architecture, landscape design, interior design, furniture design, graphics and architectural criticism. In 2010 "NArchitektURA" was recognized by international magazine "Wallpaper" as one of thirty most interesting young architecture studios in the world. Bartosz Haduch is teaching at the Faculty of Architrcture and Fine Arts of Krakow Academy of Frycz Modrzewski. In 2011 he received his Ph.D. at the Architecture Faculty in Wroclaw University of Technology. He writes in international and polish magazines about architecture, art and design.

Lukasz Zagala & Przemo Lukasik Architects | medusagroup, Poland

MEDUSA GROUP was established in 1997 by architects: Przemo Lukasik and Lukasz Zagala. We are multidisciplinary studio involved in architecture, urban planning, graphic and industrial design projects. The studio cooperates with professional engineering companies and takes active part in realization of investments as author's superviser and substiture investor. We realize our projects as a general design studio. Our office is in Bytom's city center at Jozefczaka 35 street located within our own development - an abandoned warehouse (1400 sqm) which we renovated and adapted for office purposes. The office occupies the attic floor of the building which, thanks to the absence of partitions and the white-painted walls and ceilings, provides a very roomy office space for over 20 people who work there, along with many possibilities for formal and informal meetings. We have partner offices in major Polish cities, i.e. in Warsaw, Wroclaw, Lodz, Krakow and Gdansk. This enables us to efficiently realize projects on the whole territory of our country.

Grzegorz Piatek | Centrum Architektury, Poland

Grzegorz Piatek is an Architecture critic and curator, graduate of the Faculty of Architecture Warsaw University of Technology (2006), working since 2011 with the Foundation Center of Architecture in Warsaw. Curator of exhibitions and art projects related to Architecture, including the Hotel Polonia. The Afterlife of Buildings, awarded the Golden Lion for best national exposure on the XI Biennale, Venice (with J. Trybus, 2008); Open: Poland. Architecture and Identity, Royal Institute of British Architects, London (as part of Poland! Year, with Rob Wilson, 2009); Modernizacion / Modernitzacio, Cuenca / Barcelona (with J. Trybus, 2010); Mountain for Warsaw, Foundation Bec Zmiana, Warsaw (2009). Currently he leads Le CorbusYear - artistic education program on the occasion of 125th anniversary of Le Corbusier. Author of articles on Architecture, Design, and city, in the years 2005-11 - member of the editorial board of the monthly "Architecture-murator".
Grzegorz is the recepient of the annual award of the Minister of Culture and National Heritage and Diploma of the Minister of Foreign Affairs for the promotion of Polish in the world (2009).

Vasilis Maroulas | ARUP, UK

Senior Consultant Engineer received his Diploma in Mechanical Engineering at NTUA, and M.Sc. in Advanced Mechanical Engineering at Imperial College.

ARUP (UK) Arup is an independent firm of designers, planners, engineers, consultants and technical specialists offering a broad range of professional services. Arup brings together broad-minded individuals from a wide range of disciplines and encourages them to look beyond the constraints of their own specialisms. Arup influences many people's lives through its projects. Shaping a sustainable future will be one of the greatest challenges in the 21st century. Arup is rising to the challenge: investing in research, innovating and creating better solutions for its clients and the wider world. The firm is owned in trust on behalf of its staff. The result is an independence of spirit that is reflected in the firm's work, and in its dedicated pursuit of technical excellence.

Maciej Siuda, Rodrigo Garcia Gonzalez , Architects | Devebere, Krakow, Poland

Devebere is a project that came out of a collaboration of two architects Maciej Siuda and Rodrigo Garcia in 2011. Their last design, an experimental pavilion made of garbage and air by people, awarded by the French institute of architecture, is going to be presented during the Biennale of Architecture in Venice 2012.

Maciej Siuda graduated with honors from the Faculty of Architecture at Wroclaw University of Technology in 2008. His diploma, XYZ Structure, was awarded in a number of international and national competitions. From 2005 to 2007 he studied at the Faculty of Architecture at University of Technology in Valencia and made an internship at the SQArquitectos office (Valencia), and later in other offices in Madrid, Tokyo and Alicante. Since 2011 he has been developing his independent work, collaborating with various architects and designers form Spain, Poland and Japan. Co- creator of the international workshop of architecture and urbanism: IWAU. Since 2011 he teaches design at the Swietokrzyska University of Technology and developing videogames graphic design for the Foundation of Neurorehabilitaion in Valencia.

Rodrigo Garcia Gonzalez is a Spanish architect and designer. He has studied in Canada, India, Chile and Spain. He received his architectural degree with honors from the ETSAM, Technical University of Madrid. In 2008 he developed a fractal deployable system patent that has been awarded with several international recognitions. His works have been shown in different artistic centres such as the Cite de l'Architecture of Paris and the Venice Biennale of Architecture. As a teacher he has collaborated with different universities and institutions in Colombia, Turkey, Ahmedabad, etc. He also worked as an improvisation actor, and awarded with the Gold Medal in the II Improvisation World Championship celebrated in 2009 Santiago de Chile. He is a postgraduate student at Umea Institute of Design.
Bartlomiej Kisielewski, Architect, Partner | Horizone Studio, Poland

Graduated from the Krakow University of Technology. Since 1996 he has been working as an architect on public, office and residential projects both in Poland and Germany. Between 2002-2009 he worked in Berlin. After returning to Poland in 2009 he co-founded Horizone Studio in Krakow. He is a co-designer of the Polish Aviation Museum building, nominated in 2011 for the Mies van den Rohe Award. Since 2009 he is Chairman of the Membership and Partnership Development Committee of the PLGBC Polish Green Building Council.

For lectures schedule see ECOWEEK 2012 Program


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, architect Daniel Pearl (L'OEUF, Canada), architects Elena Barthel and Daniel Wicke of the Rural Studio, award-winning architect George Hargreaves, environmentalist and 'green' design expert Prof. David W. Orr (Oberlin College), German architect Ulf Meyer of Ingenhoven Architects, 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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