Organization Earth workshops
First of three workshops, April 26, 2021, Athens, Zoom meeting
We were thrilled to participate in the workshops that the organization Earth ran with the purpose of discussing how best to contribute to the New European Bauhaus. All the teams were asked to select an image representing, either how we imagine, the Organization Earth’s role, or what we think about the Pandemic, or about the main objectives/initiatives of NEB. It has been a great initiative and we wish Organization Earth good luck with its submission to the NEB.
Our participation focuses on the problem of: Empty Commercial Spaces in the City
Our experience in the city is marked by the site of empty shop-windows. We, in Greece, and Athens in particular, have already lived through this since the previous financial crisis. Today, with the pandemic and its economic downturn, it is repeated.
A vacant zone on the threshold between public space and the street has spread and established itself even further. Private properties are constantly refurbished and re-born, and then seen to be closed again and again. As Jan Gehl puts it, space between public and private is where we, as passers-by, relate with the city. Its vacancy has a traumatic effect on us. The emptiness marks new meanings such as either nostalgia for images of summer holidays when people left the city or a sense of abandonment and depression in front of dark and lifeless shops.
What will it be replaced by, when a new post-Covid normality arrives? What will we refill the vacancy with, if the acceleration of online marketing we witnessed during the Covid pandemic is established as a new commercial reality?
Article - Kathimerini
Subject: "Greece, hospitality and sustainability",
Elena Stavropoulou, architects
02 February 2020
The article deals with the fact that in the current context of the climate crisis and the saturation of many areas we should not ignore the –paradoxically - negative effects of tourism which, although a fundamental pillar of the Greek economy, can potentially damage local cultural elements and areas of high environmental value. We need to focus on a tourism development whose resilience is based on understanding the interrelated relationships of the environment, innovative entrepreneurship, social needs and cultural heritage. Sustainable architectural design of touristic infrastructure can play an extremely important role in achieving this goal.
Alexandros Tombazis-Tribute to his work
ek architectural publications, in collaboration with the Hellenic Institute of Architecture organised an Architectural event dedicated to the pioneering architect Alexandros Tombazis. December 13, 2019, SNFCC
– Stavros Gyftopoulos, Architect – Associate Professor NTUA
– Nikolas Tombazis, Mechanical engineer in Formula 1
– Harry Bougadellis, Architect – AETER ARCHITECTS
– Panagiotis Tournikiotis, Architect – Professor NTUA
– Mattheos Santamouris, Professor Department of Physics University of Athens
– Elena Stavropoulou, Architect – Stavropoulou Architects
– Ariadni Vozani, Architect – Associate Professor NTUA, Editorial Director ek magazine
– Yannis Romanos, Architect – Associate Principal at A.N. Tombazis and Associates Architects
Constructing the Commons l Olive l Oil ; Light, Museum of the olive and the Greek olive oil
Exhibition on the occasion of the European Heritage Days 2018, September 2018,Olive and Greek Olive Oil Museum at Sparta
We are thrilled that our new project, “Constructing the Commons” that conceptualizes the magic world of Greek Olive Oil, is travelling to the Olive and Greek Olive Oil Museum at Sparta.
We met with Constantine Stergides almost 25 years ago when he was starting the exciting trip of Oinorama with Vinetum. We met again in January 2018 when he commissioned our practice to create the installation for the Athena International Olive Oil Competition at the European Cultural Centre of Delphi from the 26 to the 28 of March, 2018 and for the award ceremony at the Zappeion Megaron, in Athens on the 28 of April 2018. It was wonderful to see that Dinos always has the same enthusiasm and perfectionism in whatever project he launches: then wine, now olive oil. It has been a very inspiring collaboration.
Now Constructing the Commons is exhibited in Sparta, in the inspiring setting of the (PIOP) Piraeus Bank Cultural Foundation’s Museum of the Olive and Greek Olive Oil on the occasion of the European Heritage Days. It is wonderful to exhibit it in this museum which so eloquently reveals essential elements of Greek material culture. Many thanks to Dinos Stergides, Maria Katsouli, Maria Venizelea and all those who took part in the organisation of the exhibition.
Constructing the Commons: Olive l Oil l Light, Zappeion Megaron
Installation for the award ceremony for the 3th international Olive oil Competition, 28 April 2018, Zappeion Megaron
The installation on the theme of Constructing the Commons: Olive |Oil | Light for Athena 2018 was reproduced at the Zappeion Megaron. The installation aims to reveal the diachronic economic and cultural significance of olive oil as an occupation, with its gaze fixed on its new era.
The Commons are goods that have been inherited from previous generations, have been created collectively or are a natural heritage. Oil is inscribed in a material and symbolic way in the tradition of the Mediterranean. The land, the olive, oil, its production in the factory, its standardization and enjoyment, are also part of the discussion about the Commons.
Constructing the commons Olive | Oil | Light, Delphi
Installation for 3th edition of the International Olive Oil Competition Athena, 26-28 March 2018,European Cultural Centre of Delphi
Artwork Exhibition, Athens
Ceramic Chess: Battle, 24 March 2017, Cyprus lCultural Centre, 11, Methonis, Athens
Fine Arts by Architects, December 2016
Elena Stavropoulou is proud to participate to an artwork exhibition, "Fine arts by Architects" organised by the Hellenic Institute of Architecture https://www.eia.auction/work#/new-gallery-81/. It aims at revealing the unknown artworks of leading contemporary Greek Architects.
The exhibition will run Thursday December the 1st through Sunday December the 18th, at Atelier Kykladon 6. Throughout the exhibition an auction will run. The Auction income will be donated for the financial aid of the Hellenic Greek Institute.
Elena Stavropoulou chose to donate 2 fine art designs, sharing with you her need for creation especially through the combination of designing and making things by hand. She has a strong passion for handcrafted objects because they reflect the unique process of passing from the idea to the final material object.
Award : 1st prize in the final round of a poll organized by the periodical ‘Ktirio’
Bioclimatic Winery in Markopoulo, the most popular building ( first prize ) in the category of offices and production buildings, Megaro Mousikis, September 2016
The Bioclimatic Winery in Markopoulo, Attica has been awarded the first prize in the second round of a poll for the most popular buildings organized by the periodical “Ktirio”, with 1263 votes, in the category of offices and production buildings.
The Bioclimatic Residence in Nea Filothei, Athens reached the fourth position with 836 votes in the category of urban houses.
These distinctions are a great success for our studio but also for the sector of bioclimatic architecture, confirming that people understand that the need to apply the basic principles of rational planning and ensuring sustainability are a necessity, not a luxury.
I warmly thank those who voted, supported and therefore contributed to the success of our projects during the two phases of the poll.
A thank-you to the clients because when creating an architectural project architectural inspiration is not enough, a meaningful cooperation with an inspired and inspiring client is a condition sine qua non.
and least but not last a big “thanks” to the periodical KTIRIO. First, because they chose to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the first edition by providing an opportunity to highlight recent architectural production in Greece, but mainly because for 30 years they have supported architectural creation and construction quality in Greece. My best wishes to the editorial team to work with vision and enthusiasm alοng side architects for many-many years to come, with the same energy and the same passion
Participation at the exibition for the 30th anniversary of the periodical edition " Ktirio"
Two realized works by our practice have been presented in an exhibition at the Tellogleio Art Foundation, June 2016
Two realized works by our practice have been presented in an exhibition at the Tellogleio Art Foundation of the Aristotelian University of Thessaloniki, on the occasion of its 30th anniversary of the periodical edition “Ktirio”. 200 projects were selected out of 1200 that have been published by the periodical since 1986. Duration of the exhibition from the 13th to the 19th of June 2016.
Two of our works are participating in a poll organized by the periodical “Ktirio” for its 30th anniversary
The Bioclimatic residence in Nea Filothei and the Bioclimatic Winery in Markopoulo, have been selected to be part of the second round of a poll organized by the periodical "Ktirio" , June 2016
Two works built by our practice, the Bioclimatic Residence in Nea Filothei, Athens http://bit.ly/1NBTN9u and the Bioclimatic Winery in Markopoulo, Attica http://bit.ly/1NVIu6E have been selected to be part of the second round of a poll organized by the periodical “Ktirio”.
On the occasion of its 30th anniversary, “Ktirio” organized a poll which started in April and in which 2,500 readers took part. Only 200 out of the 1,200 buildings that have been published by the periodical since 1986 were in competition, amongst them two by our practice. These 200 buildings have already been presented in an exhibition at the Tellogleio Art Foundation of the Aristotelian University of Thessaloniki, from the 13th to the 19th of June 2016.
We are extremely satisfied that both works by our practice are amongst the 50 buildings that were selected by the readers to take part in the next phase of the poll.
These works will:
be included in the special anniversary edition of Ktirio + Architectoniki 2016 and
will compete in the second stage of the poll which is currently running on the website of the periodical
At the conclusion of this phase, the three best buildings in each category (5 categories) will receive an award. The award ceremony will take place during a special event organized at the Athens Concert Hall at 19.00 on September 26th, 2016 in which all 200 buildings selected during the first phase will be presented.
Conference, Network for Children's Rights
31 March 2015
The conference is organized in cooperation with municipalities, cultural institutions in order to open a dialogue on the current situation regarding children in the city and the main directions of services and actions developed, non-performing needs and restructuring required. The aim of the conference is to give multiple benefits for children.
Seminar - Network for Children's Rights
A fantastic trip that connects the four basic elements of nature: air, fire, earth and water with the concepts of energy, bioclimatic and eco design was realized for a group of children of 7-12 years old, May 2013
The action was accomplished in three presentations. The first, more narrative, included a "tour" to various places on the earth, in different latitudes and longitudes, selected according to their climatic characteristics, through images and animated film clips. The aim was to focus on the diversity of how man builds his residence, but also the diversity of lifestyles within it. The remarkably diverse and colorful residential environment both yesterday and today is connected to one of the most decisive factors that define it: the climate.
The second and third action had a laboratory character where children built two models - sections of the same house. One for the winter and one for the summer, with the necessary interventions in the building (blinds, glass, cross ventilation, operating fireplace, underfloor heating, geothermal ) allowing them to understand the seasonal performance of the house.
The aim was to create a more specific dialogue about how we could improve both the built environment and in extension the city itself through bioclimatic design.
Seminar - Elliniki Etairia, Society for the Environment and Cultural Heritage
Principles, Applications and Prospects for sustainable development of the built environment Cycle of lectures, January 2006
In June 2005 the Greek Society for the Environment and Cultural Heritage assigned the coordination of the first series of lectures about the Bioclimatic Architeccture for the public to our practice.
The lecture was divided into three main sections. The first one that had a theoretical direction including definitions and reference to the prevailing basic theories and applications of bioclimatic design on the international arena, correspondences between local and traditional architecture, recycling and reuse of materials and differentiation of active and passive systems design.
The second session involved the presentation of architectural projects, covering a wide range of different uses such as apartment buildings and urban houses, cottages, religious, educational buildings, office buildings and industrial buildings, alterations to existing shells and urban ensembles.
The last section focused on economic parameters and perspectives in national development strategies of mild forms of energy and subsidized programs.