"HYBRIDTIM" (Erasmus+ program)
HYBRIDTIM, DESIGN AND CONSTRUCTION OF ENVIRONMENTAL HIGH PERFORMANCE HYBRID ENGINEERED TIMBER BUILDINGS
The HybridTim project promotes sustainable, environmentally friendly design and construction of hybrid timber buildings.To educate a new generation of students, it is necessary to develop and integrate an innovative multi-disciplinary BSc/BA study module. Project HybridTim aims to fulfill the future demands in higher education of students in design and construction of high environmental performance hybrid engineered timber buildings by trans-disciplinary innovative student-centered learning approaches. The objectives are:
1) To develop and deliver new trans-disciplinary module on design and construction of engineered hybrid timber buildings, which meets the needs of the HEIs and labor market representatives.
2) To improve competencies of students and teachers in problem solving and team work, innovative thinking, motivation, awareness of cross-professional project input and project management by using project-based learning, learning by doing and blended learning approaches.
3) To educate all participants (students, teachers, entrepreneurs) in the field of the engineered hybrid timber construction.
4) To ensure open awareness of the project results to local, national, European Union (EU) level and international target groups. The project will be implemented by five higher education institutions from Denmark (VIA UNIVERSITY COLLEGE, VIA UC), Lithuania (VILNIAUS GEDIMINO TECHNIKOS UNIVERSITETAS, VGTU), Spain (UNIVERSITAT POLITECNICA DE CATALUNYA, UPC), Latvia (RIGAS TEHNISKA UNIVERSITATE, RTU) and Austria (TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITAET WIEN, TU WIEN), assisting by Study and Consulting Center in Lithuania and Spanish association Gremi Fusta i Moble.
The new module are testing in three intensive learning/teaching courses. The first part of the module was held in Vienna, Austria in September 2021.
The other two parts will take place in Spain and Latvia. International building and construction project phases, which are used in most EU countries, will be adapted in the HybridTim project as a main template, namely brief phase, outline proposal, scheme design, detail 1 and detail 2 phases.
In total, 75 BSc/BA students will be educated. Students will gain innovative trans-disciplinary knowledge in hybrid timber construction; using innovative learning approaches they will develop their research, teamwork, communication, and cooperation, creative thinking, problem-solving skills required in modern daily work environment. Stakeholders whose activities are related to construction and, in particular, timber construction, e.g. associations and private enterprises, will be involved in development of new module, therefore they will have an opportunity to share their expertise and include the topics that will help to acquire competences, required in labor market. In this way collaboration between academic and business sector will be strengthened.
FIRST MODULE IN VIENNA
The first module was held successfully in Vienna in September 2021, 24 students and a dozen lecturers from 5 participating universities took part.
The task was the development of a multi-story hybrid timber building for a given property in the area of “aspern Seestadt” in Vienna's fast-growing 22nd district in the north-east of the city - one of Europe's largest urban development projects. Some presence and online lectures has been held in the morning of the first week in the historical building of TU WIEN (Bild 1).
In the afternoon, student groups developed and presented their project ideas (Bild 2).
In the second week, site visits (Bild 3) and the workshop next to the project property were on the agenda (Bild 4). After the final presentation, the module was finished (Bild 5).
CONCLUSIO AND OUTLOOK
In the near future timber buildings will form a much bigger part of the European and international built environment. The future sustainable hybrid timber buildings will be designed and constructed with sustainable-engineered timber components.
The Department of Structural Design and Timber Engineering will directly participate in project activities. It works in the area where architecture and technology meet between creativity and science.
The project aims are to fulfil the future demands in higher education of students in design and construction of high environmental high performance hybrid engineered timber buildings by trans-disciplinary innovative student - centered learning approaches.
The second module will take place in Barcelona in September 2022.