15th International Interdisciplinary Workshop (Building Design Practice)

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In March 2024, the 15th International Interdisciplinary Workshop was organised at the Faculty of Civil Engineering for students. The design of sport, health and recreation complex in Nemenčinė.

For a whole month, students of the Faculty of Civil Engineering’s Construction and Structural Engineering Systems study programmes, together with students from the National Academy of Arts and Crafts of the University of Reims, Champagne-Ardenne, France, have been designing spaces at the National Academy of Arts and Crafts in the region of Reims, in the city of Vilnius, in the district of Nemenčinė.

This workshop brought together 6 teams of 5-6 students each. The teams worked on a sports, health and recreation complex that would serve the whole district. The teams envisaged a sports building with a swimming pool, a football stadium and an amphitheatre. In their designs, the students tried to present the concept of a modern, attractive and intelligent recreational centre. In designing the buildings, the students tried to preserve green spaces, use eco-friendly materials, assess the needs of the disabled, analyse and select renewable energy sources, structural solutions, and design the engineering systems of the buildings.

Guest lectures and seminars were also organised for students.

4 March. The potential of CLT structures”, a lecture in English by a guest speaker from the Italian company Rotho Blaas, was held remotely for students doing their building design practice. The lecture was given by Filippo Riviera, a technical consultant from Italy. He introduced the lecture on Cross Laminated Timber (CLT) used as a building material, its advantages, preparation, production, and its wider future use. He also presented innovative joints for CLT structures.

On 6 March, an English-language teleconference on “Sustainability and Life Cycle Thinking: methods and applications”. During the lecture, Dr Cecilia Ciacci and PhD student Neri Banti, invited guests from the University of Florence (Università degli Studi di Firenze), Italy, introduced students to green architecture, life cycle analysis of buildings, gave practical examples, talked about the principles of sustainability, the European Green Deal, and the circular economy.

On 6 March, a lecture on “Heating/cooling systems balancing and control” by Andrius Timofejevas was also held. During the lecture, the lecturer presented technical solutions for heating and cooling systems, the selection of control and balancing equipment for designed systems and examples of completed projects.

On 7 March, students in Building Design Practical Training took part in the annual practical student conference “Environmental Protection and Engineering – 2024”. “How to incorporate green building principles in your sustainable design projects” (Daniel Chaninovič, Norbert Bordovski, Raimondas Vitkevičius); “Green energy and engineering systems solutions for sports buildings” (Gabrielė Česnauskytė, Gustas Kuliešius); “Opportunities of using sustainable materials in the construction sector: Examples” (Aleksandras Andžejauskas, Adomas Mechovičius and Aurimas Krivickas); “Green energy” (Gabrielė Česnauskytė); “Waste management in the construction sector: challenges and opportunities for students” (Daniel Chaninovič, Norbert Bordovski). During the internship, the students tried to apply this knowledge in the design of buildings.

19 March. A practical lecture “How to make a presentation board (poster)?” was organised for the participants of the Building Design Practice. The lecturer Veronika Žvirblė discussed many important aspects related to the creation of a successful and effective presentation poster. She talked about what a presentation poster is, why it is important, the choice of colours and their psychological impact, the choice of fonts and text sizes, how to structure information to make it easy to understand, practical examples of how to combine text and image elements, how to avoid overload and redundant information. Veronika Žvirblė also gave concrete examples of presentation posters, analysing their strengths and weaknesses.

A presentation of the projects took place on 28 March. The students’ projects were evaluated by a panel of experts from different fields. The project of the team “Eiffeliukai” was selected as the best project. Congratulations to the students!