Green Design Festival is an original, open-air, open-to-all event is supported by the
City of Athens and the Hellenic Ministry of the Environment, Energy and Climate
Change. With the Grand Sponsorship of the Hellenic Postbank, over 150 designers
from all design-related fields are taking part, along with architects, curators
and volunteers. Green Design Festival seeks to present design in all forms and
applications to spark a discussion on a contemporary way of life that is friendlier
towards the environment, and to help construct more positive environmental
attitudes through its suggestions and the themes it addresses.
Syntagma Square is the hub of this year’s Green Design Festival.
The activity centres on the unique Ecomuseum, an environmentallyfriendly,
recyclable structure that will be hosting exhibitions, events and
educational programmes. Architectural installations are also on display
at another seven points around central Athens, inviting the public to view
Athens from a different angle.
For the duration of the Green Design Festival, new technologies, image and
design are employed to transform the city into a living interactive space filled
with ideas and suggestions. The festival is examining the repercussions of climate
change through the prism provided by the different fields of design, and through
an emphasis on models of sustainability (on both an environmental and social
level). It is also employing renewable and alternative energy sources, exploring
the relationship between ecological awareness and the economy, and striving to
‘redesign’ our everyday lives in a more environmentally-friendly way.
Tommy participated in the first edition (2008) of green design festival, with a team of selected Greek industrial designers. It’s a great opportunity to see the work of Greek designers and think about green issues. It’s a must if you are down in Athens, those days.