For the 4th consecutive year, we are working in partnership with Onassis Stegi to explore the issue of the circular economy in the fields of design, fashion, architecture, entrepreneurship and city interventions through the lens of waste recovery.
How can we rethink and, more importantly, redesign our world so that we can have environmental justice, produce and use sustainable technologies, and develop the resilience that our era demands?
Designers, artists, scientists and academics will look at waste through the topographies of urban systems. They will explore sustainable urban practices and showcase important city design projects that serve communities while promoting equity and social justice. Taking our rapidly expanding cities – our land – as a starting point, the programme will focus on waste management through the spectrum of food, water and nature, and highlight the correlation between consumption and making or creating.
Our invited speakers will examine different waste management systems and suggest design solutions to the visible environmental and social challenges that waste creates. They will showcase networks and initiatives that promote resilience and boost social capital by raising awareness of the climate emergency and its impact on cities.
The first day of the programme will explore these issues through keynote talks, panel discussions and interviews on three distinct themes: our urban water systems, our food consumption and the innovative practices of creative urban communities. The second day will offer a series of workshops and masterclasses that will give participants the opportunity to become more familiar with innovative examples of the circular practices of emerging design professionals.
|Conference||Thursday 3 March 2022, 14.00–19.00||Register|
|Friday 4 March 2022, 11.00–16.00||Register|
Download the full conference programme and workshop descriptions in the ‘Documents’ section below.
View previous editions of Circular Cultures.
Confirmed speakers include:
- Seth and Akil Scaffe Smith, Directors of RESOLVE Collective
- Jane Withers, Design consultant, Curator and Writer
- Dr Naho Mirumachi, Associate Professor in Environmental Politics at King’s College London
- Karishma Rafferty, Festival Programme Manager, Kew Gardens
- Monish Siripurapu, Founder of Ant Studio
- Mariana Pestana, Co-founder and Director of The Decorators, Curator of the 5th Istanbul Design Biennial
- Vicky Barboka, Food Officer, WWF Greece
- Eleni Svoronou, Environmental Education Officer, WWF Greece
- Elissa Brunato, Co-founder AusBlau Studio
- Katerina Zachou, Associate Curator at the Biennale of Western Balkans
- Apostolos Korkolis, Quality Control Lab Manager, Polyeco S.A.
- Christiana Vardakou, Textile Designer
- Eva Grigoriadou, Head of Research and Educational Programmes, Urbana
- Mara Angelidou, Director, InCommOn
- Eleni Myrivili, Consultant on Resilience and Climate Change for the City of Athens and Arsht-Rock Resilience Center (Atlantic Council)
- Immy Kaur, Co-founder and Director of CIVIC SQUARE
- Joel De Mowbray and Morgan Da Silva, Directors at Yes Make
- Lydia Kallipoliti, Assistant Professor at The Cooper Union
- Kika Kiriakakou, Artistic Director of PCAI Polygreen Culture & Art Initiative
- Christos Carras, Executive Director, Onassis Stegi
- Alix Bizet, Material Researcher, Designer and Educator
About Circular Cultures
Circular Cultures is a new British Council sustainable design and creative economies programme in EU Europe, which aims to promote greater awareness around sustainable design, circularity and making cultures. It aims to embed a more critical dialogue around design and circularity, develop the skills and knowledge of creative leaders, and create new EU networks around sustainability and circularity.
In Greece, Circular Cultures is organised in collaboration with Onassis Stegi and is an integral part of the broader collaboration between the British Council and the Onassis Foundation aimed at the development of an ongoing and action-oriented public space for ethical crafts, circular design, materials and fashion sustainability.
Circular Cultures is part of the British Council global programme Making Matters, which aims to foster a global dialogue around the topic of circular design. The multi-disciplinary programme explores how principles of the circular economy can be a catalyst for creativity, collaboration and regenerative thinking within architecture, design and fashion practice.
For further information, please contact us:
|Maria Papaioannou||Maria.Papaioannou@britishcouncil.gr | 210 369 2336|
|Katerina Galani||Katerina.Galani@britishcouncil.gr | 210 369 2386|
Circular Cultures: Topographies of Waste is co-produced with Onassis Stegi.
In collaboration with the British Embassy in Athens.
With the support of PCAI Polygreen Culture & Art Initiative.
Interpretation into Greek Sign Language is supported by Onassis Stegi within the framework of the European network Europe Beyond Access, co-funded by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union.