International Conference and Interdisciplinary Workshops for Young Architects, Designers and Planners gives young professionals and graduate students the opportunity to learn from and cooperate with expert professionals through discussing, planning, and even constructing “green” projects for communities in Jerusalem, the West Bank, the Negev Desert, and the Biennale of Bat Yam. Participants work side by side with known and established architects, designers, and engineers from Israel, Palestine, Greece, Italy, Europe, and the US. The participating young architects and students of Architecture are expected to join the program from Israel, Palestine, Greece, Italy, Europe and the US. They work in small groups of 10-15 people and learn together the principles and tools to integrate sustainability principles, ‘green’ Architecture and ecological solutions in their Architecture and design decisions. They also have the opportunity of working with real clients for real projects some of which will be built.

ECOWEEK 2010 includes lectures and keynote lectures by international and regional speakers, thematic lectures and interdisciplinary workshops, optional site visits to ecological houses, and hands-on workshops. Participating architects and experts are Prof. Robert Axelrod (University of Michigan), Michael Sorkin (Sorkin Studio, New York), Bjarke Ingels (BIG, Denmark), Nataly Gattegno and Jason Johnson (Future Cities Lab), Thomas Rau (Holland), Thomas Doxiadis (doxiadis+, Greece) and others.

ECOWEEK 2010 is planning an additional component to take place in Greece in the fall 2010. More details will be announced shortly.

ABOUT ECOWEEK: ECOWEEK is an independent non-governmental organization (NGO) with international activity. Its mission is to raise environmental awareness and to promote the principles of Integrated Development Worth-Living (Sustainable Development). Among ECOWEEK activities is the sharing of knowledge and expertise through the training of young professionals in ‘green’ Architecture and design, community responsibility and sustainability. ECOWEEK was established in Greece in 2005, and today is active in the SE Mediterranean region. ECOWEEK … habits change … climate change