by Juan Carlos Alonso and Antonio López Predes | CIFP Easo PoliteknikoaLHII


Collaborative work project between students and teachers at the Easo and Donostia Architecture Faculty to design and build an ephemeral wood structure.


Sponsored by HABIC, Euskadi habitat cluster suggested that we participate in a project to make architecture students learn about wood design, and put them in contact with VT Wood to construct the design. The project consisted of designing and manufacturing an ephemeral structure, a fair stand. In September, collaborative work was begun. Architecture students made their first designs and came to Easo to see what a workshop was like, and to have their first contact with the wood construction world. Easo students visited the faculty to see how the design process was, and to observe representation of the models. After several joint meetings to exchange information and possibilities, eight projects by eight teams were presented, and with a team of architects, a decision was made as to which would be the winning design. Construction has begun at Easo, under VT wood students, along with the collaboration of architecture students.


The importance lies in the VT centre-university collaboration. This greatly dignifies VT. The fact that students share their knowledge, some (from the university) with a more theoretical degree share knowledge with the VT students, who are more practical, is very enriching. Some know design, others material and production methods, all the perfect blend. This is also very good for teachers.


For Easo, this is the first time. The Wood and Furniture department, often acting as pioneer, is once again working on a proposal to dignify and bring higher learning closer, without barriers, through shared knowledge. We are convinced of wood’s potential, and the fact that the architecture faculty is seeking out this collaboration indicates that things are changing. This only adds to VT’s prestige.


When knowledge is shared, it can only be beneficial. What some can learn from others, from the field they know the least, is astoundingly useful. We believe that transferring these experiences to other vocational families is important, and would certainly also be so for other centres. The fact that there is a Basque VT-Uni connection stand at an international fair is very important.


This was a great challenge for both groups of students. The fact that students visited both centres, shared classrooms and explanations, scored each team’s projects themselves and also received scores from experts, visited emblematic wooden projects together and received explanations from architects, can only be interpreted as a good result. Building their designs is a dream come true.