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Lectures

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: Lecture Series (tentative list)*

Keynote Speakers
Admission free | Open to the public

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Gernot Minke | Architect, Germany

Prof. Dr. Ing. Gernot Minke studied architecture and urbanism in Hanover and Berlin. From 1964-1968 he was the research assistant of Prof. Dr. Ing. Frei Otto at the Institute of Light Weight Structures, University of Stuttgart. Since 1967 he has developed: ribbed timber shells, cable-reinforced pneumatic structures, membrane structures for sport activities, street covers, bus stop shelters, self-help light-weight structures for houses and kinder-gardens.

From 1971 to 1972 he was the director of the Institute of Environmental Planning, Ulm, and since 1974 he's been professor at the University of Kassel and director of the Building Research Institute, department of Architecture. His research projects: potential use of living plants for low-cost housing, earth-quake resistant building techniques with loam, pumice and bamboo, bamboo gridshell structures, development of new and refined earth construction techniques, development of construction techniques for domes of adobes and stabilized soil blocks, passive climatization of building.

Since 1972 he has designed a number of lightweight buildings and shelters as membrane structures, which were implemented in Germany and Guatemala.

Since 1979 he runs his private office of ecological architecture (planning of ecological settlements; low-energy houses; earth and grass covered buildings; earth construction techniques for wall, vault and dome structures; low cost housing projects and energy saving buildings for developing countries).

He designed over 60 ecological buildings in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Germany, Ecuador, Guatemala, India and Hungary.

He was guest professor and lecturer in several contries and over 40 international conferences as a speaker. Besides his work as a freelance architect Gernot Minke is working as a professional author and reviewer.

Gernot Minke's website

Gernot Minke's lecture is made possible thanks to the cooperation and support of the Goethe Institute in Thessaloniki.

   

Orjan Nyheim | PirII Architects, Norway

Orjan has a master degree in architecture from NTNU, with a master thesis on studying the possibilities of building off-grid in Norway. He will represent the Norwegian architectural office Pir II, which uses a holistic approach to environmental friendly buildings. The office has received several awards for projects like Rockheim and the Meteorological Institute. The presentation will include built, and future projects with focus on reused materials, energy efficiency, local energy production and alternative ways of living.

www.pir2.no


Orjan Nyhein's lecture is made possible in cooperation and with the support of the Embassy of Norway and the Norwegian Institute.

   

Distinguished & Thematic Speakers
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Nikiforidis Cuomo | Architects

Prodromos Nikiforidis and Bernard Cuomo established the award-winning firm Nikiforidis Cuomo in 1986. Among its projects include an apartment building in Paris, the Cultural Center and Theater at Menemeni and Technopolis in Thessaloniki. The firm has won numerous architectural competitions including the EUROPAN 2 Competition and the Thessaloniki seaside promenade. In 2009 they received the Architecture Prize for 2004-2008 by the Hellenic Architectural Institute.

www.nikiforidis-cuomo.com
   

Thomas Doxiadis | doxiadis+

Architecture and Landscape Architecture from Harvard, specializes in the site planning and integration of architecture and landscape design in a sustainable way. Teaches at Patras and Thessaly University.

www.doxiadisplus.com

   
Esra Bici Nasir, Industrial Designer | Dogus University, Turkey

Esra Bici Nasir, research assitant in Dogus University, Istanbul. Bachelor of Industrial Design in Middle East Technical University. Got her master degree from the Department of Industrial Design in Istanbul Technical University and is a Ph.D. candidate in the same department. Joined the 1st International Greenage Symposium held in Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University in Istanbul in 2010 with the paper 'Going Beyond the Fashion System in Footwear Design'.
   
Benjamin Gill | BioRegional Consulting Ltd

Ben, a Chartered Environmentalist with IEMA, currently works as a freelance environmental consultant based in Athens working on national and international projects. In Athens he established the methodology for the Athens Green 360 programme and has developed carbon reduction plans for 10's of members. He is consulting on two One Planet Community projects - one on Portugal and the other in Sydney. As Director of BioRegional Consulting he has worked with a diverse range of clients, looking at both community developments and management of businesses.
www.bioregional.com

Benjamin's lecture is made possible in cooperation and thanks to the support of the UK Embassy and the British Council.
   
P. Makridis & Associates | Architects, Greece

P. Makridis & Associates is an architectural firm that provides comprehensive services in architecture, urban and interior design, planning, management and construction. The firm was founded by Petros Makridis, M. Arch. in 1980. The firm has received numerous awards, professional recognition an distinction and has won a number of architectural competitions. www.pmakridis.com
   
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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 collaboration with the British Council).

ECOWEEK 2010 and ECOWEEK 2011 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, 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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ECOWEEK 2010 - Athens speakers: Click here

 
 
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