The 10th ESO was co-produced this year by Design Ambassador/ARCHISEARCH.gr, +Design Magazine and the Onassis Foundation in co-curation with the Mies Van der Rohe foundation. It was the first post pandemic ESO and naturally it gathered prominent architects and interior designers. The speakers tried to detect the pandemic’s print on the cities and social spaces, discussing issues of inclusion and sustainability. The ethical use of architectural materials and their consistent maintenance in order to ensure the planet’s sustainability were discussed in one of the most lively and interesting panels.
Along the same lines, Dutch architect Xander Vermeulen Windsant delivered important remarks about the need to consolidate buildings and cities from the inside and the challenge of architectural medding on the existent architecture and building stock.
The crowning moment of the ESO 2022 was the Lifetime Achievement Awards bestowed by Archisearch and presented by the prominent Greek architect Rena Sakellaridis. The awards offered the attendees a round up of the ‘feminine’ side and the major milestones of Greek architecture. Receivers were Seva Karakostas, who having completed her thesis on urban planning became a curator at the university chair of Antonis Kriezis, architect and professor emeritus of National Polytechnic Maro Kardamitsis and Nella Golanda, the one and only Greek visual artist or ‘urban sculptor’ as she likes to define herself, whose work has been sited in major international university publications and are part of the international architectural syllabus.
We at ELVIAL are proud to have sponsored this fruitful dialogue. We are there to translate bright ideas into practical solutions and advanced aluminium systems that ameliorate the quality of buildings and the life of their inhabitants and users.