Riga – The Pearl of Latvain Wooden Architecture
|Study location||Latvia, Riga|
|Type||Short-duration course, full-time|
|Nominal duration||2 weeks (6 ECTS)|
|Awards||(Certificate on Completion)|
|Tuition fee||€400 one-time|
|Application fee||€0 one-time
Application fee does not apply
Participants must be enrolled in a degree related to design, architecture, civil engineering and material science.
The entry qualification documents are accepted in the following languages: English.
Often you can get a suitable transcript from your school. If this is not the case, you will need official translations along with verified copies of the original.
Applications are accepted from the following territories (based on citizenship): Americas, Central Asia, Eastern Asia, Europe, Indonesia, Oceania, Western Asia.
At least 2 reference(s) should be provided.
RIGA – THE PEARL OF LATVIAN WOODEN ARCHITECTURE
Sustainability, ecology and energy efficiency are the words you hear these days more often. In the field of civil construction these three appellations can be included into one simple word – wood.
Wood has been used as a building material for thousands of years. The chemical properties of wood are inherently complex, but nevertheless, human beings have successfully harnessed the unique characteristics of wood to build a seemingly unlimited variety of structures.
Wood is a natural resource, making it readily available and economically feasible. It is remarkably strong in relation to its weight, and it provides good insulation from the cold. Wood is also the perfect example of an environmentally sustainable product; it is biodegradable and renewable, and carries the lowest carbon footprint of any comparable building material.
Unlike other European capital cities, wooden architecture in Riga continued to develop up until the start of World War II. Less than a century ago, there were around 12,000 wooden buildings in Riga, of which approximately 4,000 have survived to this day, the oldest of which were built at the end of the 18th century. Today, wooden architecture is not only an important part of the historic heritage of Latvia, but also the environment for multiple contemporary culture projects.
We believe that Latvian craftsmen’s knowledge in timber as a construction material have deep roots into our history dated back to ancient times and are inherited from our ancestors. Summer school “Riga – the Pearl of Latvian Wooden Architecture” links Latvian craftsman know-how and RTU professors’ attainment into the field of Architecture. Combination of those two worlds will result in an intensive two-week summer school where participants will be able to gain new knowledge regarding wood as a construction material.
The course aim is to increase participants knowledge about the use of wood as a material in architecture, emphasizing its advantages and also raise awareness of the wooden architecture of the capital of Latvia.