From the Ground Up

Timber innovation in Irish Architecture

This exhibition is a unique showcase of Irish architecture and design practice, which over the past two decades has firmly established itself with flair on the international scene. Irish architects are contributing to global conversations, and responding to continued social and environmental needs with new methods of construction technology, social innovation and a deep consideration for how people live.

Wood is the most versatile, renewable and sustainable resource on the planet.  From the Ground Up aims to raise awareness about this material and the architects that are passionate about using it.

The spaces chosen are right at the centre of everyday life, providing accommodation for living, for working, for creative production, for education, for leisure, and for worship.

The selection of projects collectively represent design skills that respond to current issues in the built environment, and through the use of timber, they focus on new construction technology, craftsmanship, sustainability, economy of means and generosity. 

This exhibition was curated by the Irish Architecture Foundation and created in partnership with the Embassy of Ireland in Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. Exhibition will be available from 9th May at 18:30 at Faculty of Architecture, Ķīpsalas iela 6, Rīga.

Green Deal and Architecture

“Green Deal and Architecture” is a project leaded by EUNIC Latvia in close partnership with the RTU. This project is the recipient of a EUNIC Cluster Fund grant with special funding in the framework of the French Presidency of the Council of the European Union. EUNIC — European Union National Institutes for Culture — is Europe’s network of national cultural institutes and organisations, with 36 members from all EU member states and associated countries. “Green Deal and Architecture” is bringing European expertise to the 2022 regional event Forum Wood Building Baltic and aims at cooperating with local partners on sustainability in the building industry; strengthening networks between EU construction & architecture stakeholders; and promoting mutual learning, capacity-building & dialogue among future professionals.

The event is organised by EUNIC Latvia members Austrian Embassy Riga, British Council in Latvia, Danish Cultural Institute in Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania, Embajada de España en Letonia, Institut Goethe-Institut Riga, Institut français de Lettonie, Investment and Development Agency of Latvia (LIAA), Nordic Council of Ministers’ Office in Latvia.

“Green Deal and Architecture” speakers see in the program on May 10.

Future of Wood 2021 hackathon

VMG Grupė

Here’s a message from our Forum partner VMG Grupė! – Here we go leading the way to sustainable home – the VMG Group presents its support to the European Green Deal and the New European Bauhaus initiatives by boosting the prefab industries in the Baltic region. The vertically integrated European timber industry company is planning to provide a full range of engineered wood products for sustainable prefabricated construction. The emerging engineered wood production factory in Naujoji Akmene in Lithuania will produce particle boards, LVL, I-joist, CLT, glulam and GLVL by 2023.#ParticleBoards#LVL#Ijoist#Ibeam#CLT#Glulam#GLVL#SustainableConstruction#EngineeredWood#MMC#GreenDealConstruction#BalticPrefab4Bauhaus

Latvijas Finieris, RIGA ECOlogical

Our forum partner Latvijas Finieris has developed for its well-known RIGA Birch Plywood a new green glue RIGA ECOlogical, where bio-based renewable lignin is used as replacement of the traditional fossil phenol. This technological breakthrough has been reached in cooperation with Stora Enso, reducing carbon footprint of RIGA Plywood and offering a significant competitive advantage in the increasingly green business environment.

Build in Wood presentation at FWBB

Forum program is completed

The Forum Wood Building Baltic program is prepared and You can register for the event.

Forum Wood Building Nordic 2020

Forum Wood Building Nordic 2020
Sustainable development in a new era
13th – 16th of October 2020
Trondheim, Norwegen

For the first time, Forum Wood Building Nordic will this year be held online. From 08:25 to 10:30 each morning, we aim to bring you presentations from leading actors within research, industry and architecture – all focused on wood as a building material.

Participation will be free of charge.
Forum Wood building Nordic 2020 will focus on the new era ahead of us. The times are changing faster, more sudden and at a more fundamental level than in decades. From reaching the Sustainable Development Goals to handling the ongoing coronavirus outbreak, sudden shifts require a new level of strategic understanding, capacity to change and a will to look ahead.
With the Sustainable Development Goals as a baseline, the online conference will showcase the latest in industry, research and societal changes to highlight possible pathways for fundamental change and how to reach them.
• Tuesday: Reaching the Sustainable Development Goals
• Wednesday: Looking beyond the coronavirus
• Thursday: NERO (Nearly zero energy buildings in Nordic countries)
• Friday: Architectural projects

Please follow THIS LINK to register for Forum Wood Building Nordic 2020.

2. Forum Wood Building Baltic will be held in Riga