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The ECOWEEK 2016 workshops at Agios Nikolaos
W1 Workshop Leaders: Nasrin Mohiti Asli and Margherita Manfra (Orizzontale, Italy)
Team: Antonia Apostolakis, Eugenia Efthimiadou, Maria Kriou, Elli Ntaountaki, Eirini
Syka, Sophia Tsiteli and Andreana Ephimia Tzeka.
Location: Municipal Park.
Theme: The objective was to unify public space, giving an identity to the Park, so that the local community will use it in a different way. To formulate the design approach, the group worked with the local community in order to identify their needs and how to use a space in the city center, which, although it is adjacent to shops, cafes, houses, office buildings and a hotel, remains unused and could be an integral spacefor city life.
W2 Workshop Leaders: Jorge Martín Sainz Terreros (Marko & Placemakers, England) and Leyla Mehtap Turanalp (Turkey / USA)
Team: Betul Bas, Naida Kibaroglu, Cansu Aybuke Taskin and Anastasia Printziou.
Location: Seafront of Sissi.
Theme: The aim of the group was to seek the public space, which is occupied by parked cars and restaurant tables and chairs. The group spent time discussing these issues with the local community, restaurateurs and tourists in search of information on local history - such as the Locust tree - and how the early storage rooms have shaped the seafront. In particular, the group searched for ways to raise awareness among local residents for the reuse of public space by pedestrians, sought ways to sensitize people about the reuse of public space for pedestrians - including creating a path through parked cars. The group called its intervention 'Sissi-mou' (‘my Sissi), thus urging ownership - not alienation – of the public space by pedestrians and visitors
W3 Workshop Leaders: Chris Doray and Pooya Khaliliaraghi (Chris Doray Studio, Canada)
Team: Ming Rang (David) Bai, Blackbeard Maria, Maria Eleni Manika, Alexia
Stavropoulou, Imge Esmer. With the participation of Ewa and Piotr Sroczynska
Pasierbinski (Poland) and Despina Kouinoglou (Greece).
Location: Seafront of Agios Nikolaos.
Theme: With the project titled 'Symbiotic Urban Reef' the team studied the seafront and proposed an intervention which would turn the seafront as the new facade of the city, aiming to unite the city with the sea and give order to the city. The team created a temporary space which forms the transition between the city and the sea and creates new spaces for the enrichment of public space in the city waterfront. The proposed structure is based on the (sea-front vacation) ‘cabana’ multiplied, while remaining transparent and porous. The proposal includes pedestrian promenade, increasing the width of the waterfront for pedestrians.
W4 Workshop Leaders: Galia Hanoch Roe (Environmental Protection Society, Israel) and Elias Messinas (ECOAMA / ECOWEEK). With the cooperation of Thanos Stasinopoulos architect (Turkey).
Team: Anna Bampaitou, Zaklyn Maroukian, Calliope Dokolianidou, Eda Kale, Suna Irem
Oker, Foteini-Ioanna Tsoumpou-Andriopoulou, Stavros Avramakis, Michail Gounalakis,
Evangelos Papadakis and Georgia Tzanopoulou.
Location: 3rd Primary School of Agios Nikolaos.
Theme: Titled "Reviewing the green school’ the team launched the design process with two interactive workshops with schoolchildren at the Children's Festival in June and with parents and schoolchildren in July. Recognizing the multitude of problems facing the school and because of the limited time, the group focused its attention on two main directions: (a) To create new spaces for schoolchildren (placemaking) using the 'Smaller, Quicker, and Cheaper' approach. (b) To take advantage of the participation of parents, teachers and schoolchildren, and launch an empowering process which will reveal the potential and possibilities, and ensure commitment for the continuation of collective work after the ECOWEEK week is over. The group focused on four strategic areas in school: (a) The waiting area next to the school main entrance gate (b) The front courtyard mainly used by younger pupils, which had no place to sit in the shade. (c) The internal court under an existing skylight, which was abandoned and filled with garbage, and finally (d) The herb garden in the backyard, which was also abandoned. Within an intense four-day collective work, supported by two skilled workers and a bobcat operator and thanks to the generous offer of materials by local hotels, the workshop team, along with parents, schoolchildren and teachers, transformed these areas. The group created new shaded sitting areas in the front yard and by the front gate, using gabions - metal boxes filled with rocks and recycled plastic bottles; shaped the herb garden with 6 planting beds - one for each class - and access corridor using reused wooden deck tiles, and installing a composter, seating and a watering pot to attract birds; in the inner courtyard, the team planted new plants, and created a ‘Zen’ garden using stones and pebbles.
Materials: The interventions were made possible thanks to the generous offer of materials and tools by Bluegr Hotels and Resorts, Ch. Iosifelis SA, Tsagkarakis, and PLEKTAM SA.
W5 Workshop Leaders: Dora Kyriafini and Foteini Lymperiadou (euZen Architecture, Greece). With the participation of Nikos Protogeros (computer simulations) and Benjamin Gill (One Planet Living guidelines).
Team: Stefania Adamaki, Androniki Cheimonaki, Antigoni Drosouni, Konstantina
Photopoulou, Georgia Pantidou, Evangelia Siskaki, Christina Sophiou, and Magdalini Stiakaki Tzavla.
Location: 5th Primary School of Agios Nikolaos.
Theme: Titled 'Bioclimatic and ecological renovation of the 5th Primary School Courtyard’ the team began the planning process in cooperation with parents and teachers, and a workshop where students were asked to draw how they envision the courtyard of their school. Living daily in a bare open space covered in concrete without shading or places to play, the children dreamed of trees and green in their school yard. This was precisely the approach of the proposal: a gentle, low-cost approach, which will convert the existing yard into a green oasis. The cement will be removed and replaced with earth and shrubs. The yard will be planted with local deciduous trees, and a few evergreen climbing bushes to create green walls on the facades and fences. Places are delineated for relaxation and play. Rainwater is partly collected for educational purposes. The team managed through planting of trees to achieve an improvement of the microclimate of the school. A series of simulations showed that the ground temperature was reduced by 13 degrees Centigrade in the summer, and a 7% drop in energy consumption of the school buildings. These were achieved only through planting trees and creating shaded areas in the school yard. Upon completion of the ECOWEEK workshop and the public presentation of the project,the Municipality of Agios Nikolaos considering the implementation of the proposal.
W6 Workshop Leaders: Panos Parthenios and Anna Karagianni (Digital Media Lab, Technical University of Crete, Greece). With the participation of Nikoletta Chatzopoulou, Nikos Bolanaki, Thomas Pouliassis and George Hatzidakis.
Team: Chara Aidoni, Antigoni Ioannou, Areti Kotsoni, Maria Pachniotou, Dimitra
Papadami, Konstantina Perivolari, Alexandra Psimada and Zissis Vomvas.
Location: Steps of Agios Nicholaos.
Theme: The team took measurements at two points in the center of town, focusing on the visitor experience on noise pollution, light and shading, moisture and carbon emissions. Through observation and the above parameters, the group proposed two structures which would create the conditions for a different experience in these sites. According to the first proposal, interesting sites that frame views and provide sitting places exist in the city. Flexible gardens enable the visitor to get familiarized with the site, or walk down through an experiential path, that addresses the harsh environmental conditions (temperature, light, sound pollution) with structures. In the second proposal, there is a structure that filters the existing sounds, changing sounds, so the space can obtain harmony and become more welcoming and accommodating.
W7 Workshop Leaders: Kristell VanHove and Andreas Gorani (LIMNI, Greece).
Team: Constantina Boumpoulaki, Paraskevi Landou, Anastasia Naki, Michail Nikoloudakis and Iliana Pediaditi.
Location: LIMNI, Agios Nikolaos.
Theme: In a site of natural beauty that hosts agro tourist activities, the group focused on the construction of two small structures: an external oven and an outdoor seating area. The group learned the use of natural materials - earth, clay, straw, wood and stone - and construction techniques based on these materials.
W8 Workshop Leaders: George Sakellaris (Natural Building of Crete).
Team: Dimitrios Athanasakis, Emmanouil Athanassakis, Flora-Maria Vletsi, Dorothea Mitrou, Rafaela Logari and Androniki Tsagkaraki.
Location: Located outside of Agios Nikolaos.
Theme: In a site of natural beauty that hosts ecological activities, the group focused on learning how to build with natural materials - earthbags, earth, clay, wood and stone – and construction techniques based on these materials.
ECOWEEK is a non-governmental organization established in Greece in 2005 by architect and environmental consultant Dr. Elias Messinas, with the mission to raise environmental awareness and to promote the principles of sustainability. ECOWEEK is active in 15 countries and has developed a members network in 54 countries.
ECOWEEK in Agios Nikolaos was the first one-week event for 2016, to be followed by similar events in Kosovo, Israel, Romania and Thessaloniki, Greece. In 2017 ECOWEEK is planning to expand its outreach to Holland, Singapore, and to return to Turkey and London.