After Barcelona and Dublin, Athens offers hospitality in Design Lab at Technopolis, May 15-17 the biggest design exhibition in co-operation with the ''Archisearch'' , an e-magazine, a global platform that investigates, selects and presents projects that deal with various aspects of architecture throughout the world. Taking the role of an unconventional research tool, it seeks present and future cultural evolution through architecture, as well as the possible exchange with design, art, graphics and green/eco design. It poses questions aiming to provoke new thoughts and approaches. It has a vivid interest in experimentation and validation, whilst it underlines the wealth that lies within the coexistence of diverse ideas.
It focuses on issues relating to the built (and often unbuilt) architectural context and its parameters; from the social benefits of a project and its contribution to the urban area, to its ambiance and construction materiality. It promotes the connection between society and architectural production and explores the ways through which architecture urges us to interact with the social and natural context
Vasillios P. Bartzokas, founder and editor of Archisearch, is a very well established entrepreneur with great presence in the Greek design scene. From 2004 until 2010 he was the CEO of CARTECO which has been awarded under his management as one of the 10 best companies in Europe at the European Busiess Awards. He was the founder and creative director of the first free library for architects and designers based in Thessaloniki, named THE ARCHIVE, operating 24/7 365 days a year, from 2008 until 2012 that is now being developed in collaboration with AKTO & ARCHISEARCH.gr e-magazine. As an organizer, initiator, curator or/and a producer, he has being associated with some of the most successful events in the fields of design and architecture : Green Design Festival, organized in 2008 and 2010, the international exhibition ̈Invisible Hotel and also with conferences and workshops such as ESW [eso ] and the Athens Architecture Workshop etc. Vassilios P Bartzokas is the founder of DESIGNLOBBY.CO and DESIGNLOBBY.ASIA and is based in Berlin, Germany. He recently became partner for Greece and Cyprus for ARKKI School of Architecture for kids and Youth that he develops in collaboration with AKTO College.
So, what are we going to see in this Design Lab 2015, besides the exhibition with famous and established brands in materials, furniture, textiles, design, art objects, lighting, and outdoor living?
A lot of workshops and speeches will keep the interest of thousands visitors alive. A lot of great designers in fashion, art jewellery, collage, installations and more, our own choices from the Living Postcards data base.
And of course the Mies Van Der Rohe architecture awards, the "mateЯeality" competition and many more.
People that ''do things'' and dare to dream. Designers with fresh ideas and a totally new point of view .
Technopolis will be filled with colours, positive mood and creativity in a few days.