ATHENS METROPOLITAN EXPO
10-11.12.2022

Wasted

Waste Not Want Not

The Architect Show, consistent with its philosophy of combining contemporary innovations with a future-oriented approach, presents this year’s event “Waste not Want not”, a special installation curated by John Veikos and Anna Sbokou.

This parallel action, which will take centre stage at the entrance of the event, will focus on waste and how it can be used creatively, saving resources while contributing to the reduction of the carbon footprint.

More specifically, the aim is to present the emerging strategies for the reuse of waste, especially regarding the existing built landscape of Athens, to emphasise the value of reused materials over the production of new ones and to highlight the existing practices for dealing with the generation of “waste”.

The concept of upcycling emerged about a decade ago, mainly in the field of furniture design, as something alternative in its rationale and presentation. Nowadays things have changed. The study and implementation of sustainability policies dominate the planning strategies of states, companies, universities, research centres and other institutions. Obviously, the use of what already exists can also assume a poetic character.

In the spirit, but not in the aesthetic of Giovanni Battista Piranesi’s “I Grotteschi”, “Waste not Want not” will present the spectator with a series of objects or composite features made from the material “waste” of its sponsors. We will be looking into a narrative that explains why something is deemed “waste” and its overall carbon footprint.

The visitor will see the value and the potential inherent in the materials that we now consider to be “waste”, by presenting them as “Good Art”, decorated with dynamic theatrical lighting to activate the various elements of the exhibition. Elevated in spirit, the object has one last story to tell about itself and about how we can give it a new purpose.

The sponsors participating in this action are listed in alphabetical order:

  • AL2
  • ELECTRON
  • EVA PAPADOPOULOU
  • KONSTANTINIDIS SA
  • LITHOS
  • MACHOS GLASS
  • MARMYK
  • METIS
  • NOVAMIX
  • QOOP SOULIS NIKOS
  • SERPETINIS
  • STONETECH
  • VETA SA

 

Curated: John Veikos –  Anna Sbokou
Organized by: MEDEXPO
Creative Direction: Design Ambassador