EK Association

EK Association

Applicable Representation of City Centres With Heritage Importance
Applicable Representation of City Centres with Heritage Importance (APPROACH) has emerged from a multisector cooperation containing heritage, architectural and cultural organisations, municipality with architectural and media enterprises and a VET institution with media classes. The...
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Traditional Wooden Constructions of Europe
‘Traditional Wooden Constructions of Europe’ (TRAWCOE) is an official Leonardo da Vinci Partnership project financed by the European Commission. The programme is based on the cooperation of 9 European institutions of 7 different countries. The...

Applicable Representation of City Centres With Heritage Importance

Applicable Representation of City Centres with Heritage Importance (APPROACH) has emerged from a multisector cooperation containing heritage, architectural and cultural organisations, municipality with architectural and media enterprises and a VET institution with media classes. The main objective of this transnational consortium is to assemble an online learning platform as an open educational resource, targeting firstly architectural, art historian and urban analyst students and parallelly media and web designer students in VET and on other levels.

The main output of the programme is a 4-piece collection of interactive 3d city maps showing the centres of Edinburgh, Granada, Budapest and Lublin as non-formal educational tools. The creation of the animated models is based on a scientifically carried-out historical and urbanistic research collecting all available source materials, like old maps, perspectives and archive texts to be able to rebuild and represent the selected time periods of the cities – from their foundation to modern times. This approach gives the possibility to freely explore the urban environment in both space and time, collecting knowledge about the monuments and urban textile through interaction with the models. The multilingual content of the city maps will make them act as 3d visual dictionaries and can also function as content and language integrated learning resources.

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As a result of the transnationally carried-out research a comprehensive study is also assembled by the research institutions showing the outstanding materials collected together about the analysed cities and summarising the steps of the product-oriented cooperation with the architectural and media enterprises. Its main purpose is to promote the project ideas among VET institutions and relevant stakeholders and this way to contribute to the creation of further educational contents similar to the products of this project.

To help the same initiative a series of video tutorials and text descriptions is also assembled teaching about the creation of 3 dimensional interactive contents. The production of this online material is connected with a training programme also, in which blended mobility of VET students takes place combining virtual involvement with short-term physical mobilities. As a part of the training the media and web designer students are involved in learning, testing and this way into the creation of the final resource. The chapters of the material are to teach useful technics and methods about 3d modelling, composing animations and programming interactive functions in co-operation with for profit firms. In this way the training leads to the recognition of the latest trends of CAD, BIM and game development technologies, providing knowledge and competences with remarkable labour market relevance.

With different techniques and target groups, all the outputs of the project provide working models and pathways for the easily intellegible visualisation of urban environment and monuments as well as for the integration of digital competences to the development of further educational resources.

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Traditional Wooden Constructions of Europe

‘Traditional Wooden Constructions of Europe’ (TRAWCOE) is an official Leonardo da Vinci Partnership project financed by the European Commission. The programme is based on the cooperation of 9 European institutions of 7 different countries. The owner of the idea and the coordinator of the project is EK Association (ÉK Egyesület), which is a Budapest-based Hungarian architectural organization. The partnership includes vocational schools, educational or professional organizations and trade representatives of carpentry.

The project is to assemble an online, interactive learning tool and materials to support vocational training and for use in schools and colleges. The subjects to be covered include timber-based architecture and woodworking skills relevant to the needs of employees and to increase the learner’s employability in the field of timber construction and heritage building restoration. The intention is to collect and analyse examples of representative timber building types and traditional wood construction details encountered across Europe. These will be presented in a graphically-focussed application and will then be used to develop new and innovative teaching technologies to improve the accessibility for learners across a wide range of skills. A key feature will be to incorporate interactivity through the development of 3D models of the selected reference constructions which will then be placed into an explorable virtual world. Learners will be encouraged to interact with these models to learn about architectural heritage, the different woodworking techniques used and explore details of traditional connection types.This experience allows for a student-orientated and an experimental approach to learning. The material being planned will firstly provide a general overview of wood as a structural material and its various applications using examples from important timber buildings in Europe.  This resource will provide examples of the different timber species used and their use in a number of vernacular building styles to be found across a range of European regions and countries. The outcome of this project will be designed to be an expandable model and this virtual learning platform will remain open for future updating and interactive participation in building these technical and training resources as a long-term legacy. The intention is to ensure that the learning tools will remain easy to use and accessible from anywhere, across platforms, without the requirement to have access to expensive and complex 3D or CAD modelling software. This cross-border partnership seeks to develop this learning tool as a new model for creating interactive teaching materials and contribute to the evolution of informal learning methods particularly suited to vocational  and life-long training.

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CO-ORDINATOR

EK Association, Budapest, Hungary

PARTNERS

GIP FCIP de Basse Normandie, Caen, France
Riga School of Arts and Crafts, Riga, Latvia
Cultural and Educational Intervention Center Doctum, Granada, Spain
Interactive Education Association, Bals, Romania
Professionsbois, Alençon, France
Woodnet, Wadhurst, United Kingdom
Tektum Architectural Office, Cluj Napoca
Studio Giuseppe Sarubbi, Napoli

SILENT PARTNERS

KEMÜ Gáspár András Vocational School, Kecskemét, Hungary (HU)
Lycée Pierre Simon de Laplace, Caen, France (FR)
Lycée Polyvalent Albert Sorel, Honfleur, France (FR)
Lycée général, technologique et professionnel des Andaines, La Ferté Macé, France (FR)
Liceul Teoretic “Petre Pandrea”, Bals, Romania (RO)
Plumpton College, Plumpton, United Kingdom (UK)

Introduction

EK Associaton (ÉK Egyesület) was established by young architects in 2006 in Budapest, Hungary. As a professional architectural organization our main objectives are conducing to the the raising of the level of  Hungarian architectural and enviromental culture, to preserve our cultural heritage and to promote sustainability in architecture with our activities. The association aims to bring together individuals and organisations with an interest of cultural heritage and to heighten public awareness of our public monuments and preservation of buildings. Our main focus is on the Carpathian Basin but we believe that cultural heritage and identity is of many levels and our interest is of circles with different radius but same centre.

Our association’s mission is to create an approachable medium of architects and student architects to meet and hold events to share common aspirations and discuss thoughts, to organize exhibitions, conferences and workshops, to organize excursions to places of historical or natural interests and to issue publicates of studies on architectural and cultural heritage. It is also important to us to raise awareness of sustainable green technology and building materials. The association joins in research and innovation projects in the topic of how using local traditional building customs and contstruction methodolgies in the modern contemporary building practice. Our association supports building camps to experience adobe, earth wall or straw bale architecture and other eco-technologies organizing workshops and exhibitions to share experiences.

MEMBERS OF THE ASSOCIATION:

Mihály Budai  | Viola Buday | Ákos Csécsei | Tamás Csernik | Erzsébet Csete | Tímea Bier-Egervári | Máté Hidasnémeti | Judit Keller-Márku | Szabolcs Király | Péter Páczelt | Gábor Palotás | Orsolya Palotasné Tóth | Balázs Pápay | Ágnes Sólyom | Gábor Szücs | Zsolt Takács | Adrienn Tamás | Petra Tóth | Dániel N. Varga | Emese Virt | András Viszneki

Revival of Disappearing Architectural Professions

The long-term objective of REDIAPRO’s partnership is a contribution to the forming of a small scale construction industry from traditional architectural professions, building customs and architecture-related handicrafts. The program makes a suggestion for relinking the former connections between handicrafts and architecture while providing a working model for the comeback of arts and crafts to the architectural thinking and contributing to the revival of the old and disappearing building traditions. The movement’s general aim is strengthening the local communities with preserving their unique culture and providing valuable professions, lifetime occupations locally, especially in rural and disadvantaged areas.

The program plans to collect all the disappearing architectural professions, building techniques and architecture-related crafts in order to conceive future strategies for them as part of the new workshop-based building industry. This aim is reached by a transnational research carried out through workshop activities held by the representatives, masters of the selected crafts. As part of these activities there will be talks recorded and short films shot with the profession representatives showing their every-day work and their thoughts about the future possibilities. Based on the research there will be a comprehensive study published by the members of the consortium about the possible played roles by these crafts as part of the new branch of building industry with important modern-time requirements taken into consideration like ecological thinking and sustainability. The study and the collection of short films popularizing craftsmanship will provide good basis for VET sector to change the current curriculum and to assemble new learning materials for new generations of artisans who are closely connected to constructional activities and restoration works.

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The consortium is consists of eight participating organisations with various profiles: architects, VET institutions, builders of traditional building methods, representatives of artisans, heritage professionals and restorers. The main product of the partnership will be an online platform containing the common study and collection of short films popularizing craftsmanship. The platform’s main objective will be the creation of an international network with the same representatives that the partnership owns. This network with its registered users and forum possibilities will act as an international database and medium for exchanging best practices and realized examples while conceiving new project ideas and courses of actions in order to reach common goals of the growing community.

CO-ORDINATOR:

EK Association (ÉK Egyesület), Budapest, Hungary

PARTNERS:

Cultural and Educational Intervention Center Doctum, Granada, Spain
Vilnius Association of Fine Crafts, Vilnius, Lithuania
E.C.I.P.A. UMBRIA, Perugia, Italy
Stroyexpert – SEK Ltd, Sofia, Bulgaria
Vanaajamaja Association, Mooste, Estonia
Tektum Architectural Studio, Cluj Napoca, Romania
Edinburgh World Heritage, Edinburgh, United Kingdom