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.
Wooden architecture ir Riga is uniqe, because it continued to develop and improve up till the start of the Wold War II. This is why only a century ago in Latvia’s capital city there where approximately 12,000 wooden buildings from which only 4000 remained to this day. It is important to point out that the oldest of Rigas’wooden buildings was raised at the end of the 18th century.
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.