Furniture equipment created as landmark objects for the first school STEM Library in Greece. As part of the Athens #adoptaschool initiative, the objects are parametrically designed and fabricated to assist in a variety of learning scenarios. Moreover, they are daily reminders of the creative reuse potential of cardboard boxes and tubes, promoting environmental awareness and sustainability to high-school students. Those sculpture-like objects actively manifest the unique capabilities of the maker movement and highlight the advantages of STEM projects merging with art, design and ecology.
TUC TIE Lab was founded in 2012 on the basis of researching, developing and applying human-centered methodologies that target the qualitative upgrade and efficiency of a variety of environments, including learning spaces and playscapes, health environments, habitable extreme environments and cultural spaces. It employs contemporary maker practices, interdisciplinary research approaches and participatory design techniques to explore flexibility, adaptability and transformability in space. Buildings, spaces, equipment and materials are all treated as platforms with a dynamic spatial imprint.
TUC TIE Lab has made its international mark in the academic and research community through many interdisciplinary conferences and publications, as well as through national and international exhibitions. Moreover, for three years in a row, TUC TIE Lab projects have been distinguished with high-level ranking at the University Student Entrepreneurship-UNISTEP PLUS Projects. Additionally, the lab received the Silver Award at the International Design Awards in 2014 for its “Many Happy Re-turns” project for children, the Bronze Award at the Greek national Healthcare Business Awards in 2016 for the design of a multisensory healing room at the General Hospital of Chania and two Gold Awards at the EDUCATION LEADERS AWARDS for the design of learning spaces.