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25.6.2020 - 26.6.2020

Sustainable design in Central Europe

Czech Centre Tokyo together with other V4 members in Japan prepared a video project on Sustainable design in Central Europe. #SustainableV4


The cultural and political alliance of Central European countries - The Visegrad Group (also known as V4 = Czech Republic, Poland, Hungary and Slovakia) is through their member states and their delegations actively working on the promotion of Central Europe around the globe.

In Japan, The Visegrad Group prepared a project called Sustainable design in Central Europe to show, that V4 countries are not only able to cope with the dynamic changes in the world around us, but they can pride themselves on their talented artists, designers, entrepreneurs and other creative people who actively participate in solving social and environmental issues, coming up with new ideas and building a better and most importantly sustainable world.

During the two days on 25th and 26th June, each V4 member represented by Czech Centre Tokyo, Polish Institute in Tokyo, Embassy of Hungary Tokyo and Embassy of the Slovak Republic in Tokyo will post a video on their Facebook pages presenting a project or an idea on the topic of sustainable design. Let's discover how Central European countries face one of the most critical topics of our lives.

You can search the videos or share them using hashtag #sustainableV4











Below, you can find a short summary of each project.


Czech Republic - Herrmann&Coufal DIY project – lamp TENSION

Herrmann&Coufal prepared a DIY project, where they explain how to make your own lamp “Tension”.

Potentially all self-made things are beautiful. We sow the relationship to them, by doing them ourself. And if we own the right instructions it can be also more functional, effective or beautiful. It can save the cost of acquisition but also the environment.
The “Do it Yourself” phenomenon is not just a low-cost, alternative and unsightly solution if we look at the topic in more detail and at a distance. The relationship of the designer to this phenomenon is a topic that we decided to analyze. From history to sustainability in the current environment and possible use in the future.

Herrmann&Coufal is a creative design studio from the Czech Republic. Their work was awarded by many prestigious Czech and International design awards – Czech Grand Design, Best in Design, Red Dot design award, BIGSEE product design award, Prague International Design Festival - The best installation etc.




Poland – Biotrem (https://biotrem.pl/en/)

Biotrem is a Polish technology company – established in 2012 by Małgorzata Then, CEO and Jerzy Wysocki, CTO and inventor of the Biotrem technology – developing an innovative production process of bio-based tableware and packaging. The patented technology enables manufacturing of biodegradable disposable tableware from sustainable organic raw materials, such as wheat bran, corn bran, cassava by-products, seaweed, algae, flaked coconut shells, hemp straws and many more.
With over 6.5 million Euro spent on R&D to date, the company is continuously working on new innovations in terms of new plant-based raw materials, the production process optimisation and new applications.
With own production facility and state-of-the-art machine park (developed internally and patentprotected), Biotrem produces and delivers its products to international markets, including selected wholesale chains and premium retailers, either directly or through a network of independent distributors.




Hungary - Sustainable methods in architecture / Imre Makovecz (https://makovecz.hu/makoveczimre/en/)

Nowadays we tend to talk about everything using numbers. But can we describe fully the essence of a building by means of numbers alone? Can the therapeutic effect of experiencing architectural space be reduced to facts and figures? Can the spirit of the human being who makes use of such space be in any way expressed numerically? And can the life pulse of society consist of numbers alone? Deep in our hearts we know the answers to these questions.

The connection between the Hungarian Pavilion at Expo ’92 in Seville, designed by Imre Makovecz, and the Hungarian Pavilion at present under construction for Expo 2020 in Dubai, the work of his disciple, Lőrinc Csernyus, clearly shows that Hungarian organic architecture offers a fresh and progressive response to the seeming dead end in building design in general today. And anything that is progressive and responds to the human spirit is in and of itself sustainable.



Slovakia - Nová Cvernovka https://novacvernovka.eu/program

Video Nová Cvernovka was originally created for the Human by Design exhibition realized by the Slovak Design Center in autumn 2019 in Bratislava and spring-summer 2020 in Vienna. “Cvernovka” – was a popular name for an old textile factory which was as Nová (it means „New“) Cvernovka transformed into a center of artists and a creative industry following on the tradition of the former studios in the old thread factory.

Its members are seeking sustainable solutions for buildings and complexes, making use of the experiences from the renovation of Nová Cvernovka; they are becoming a think-tank. It brings together creative minds and creates a breeding ground for their mutual communication and exchange. It unites design and architecture studios with other fields of the creative industry. Nová Cvernovka is becoming a natural center of innovations in technology and ecology; which are discussed, developed, and applied.In this way Nová Cvernovka - project is now outgrowing the motifs and the place of its origin.

An example of the project working with the center’s building is the system of kinetic window shading, now in the concept development phase (designed by Boris Belan). The research by Juraj Hariš has an appeal for the public — together with his team, he examines construction waste as a source for recycled construction material in building the center which he utilises as his testing laboratory at the center’s premises.

The film mainly looks into the activity of the EKOBOARD ecological-architectural group, the S.P.E.A.R. power plant project by Martin Šichman, the background of the Nestrácajme čas! [Let’s not waste time!] environmental initiative but also the activities of Juraj Hariš, an architect, which significantly shape the environment of Nová Cvernovka but also the community life and environmental awareness of its inhabitants.



Místo konání:

2-16-14 Hiroo
150-0012 Tokio, Shibuya-ku


Od: 25.6.2020
Do: 26.6.2020


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