Event at the University of Strathclyde

May 31 – June 2 2017

The University of Strathclyde in Glasgow has organised the fourth KLABS study visit with workshop.

Following the introduction and welcome given by the KLABS co-ordinator for the University of Strathclyde and the Dean of the Faculty of Engineering on the first working day, event participants got an opportunity to learn about international collaboration and education at the University of Strathclyde. Thereafter, the networking session between KLABS partners and academics of the University of Strathclyde has been organised, where new collaboration possibilities were identified and new links established. After the break, the workshop on innovative learning methodologies to be applied at developed KLABS programmes was held. The workshop was based on elaboration of specific examples of WB courses, current learning methodologies and the possibilities for their upgrade. In continuation, the hosts took all event participants for a tour thought the premises of the Department of Architecture. Following this, the group proceeded with a visit to the City Observatory of the University’s Institute for Future Cities, based at the newly-opened Technology and Innovation Centre. Here, the insights and projects developed at the Institute have been presented and collaboration options highlighted. The first working day was concluded with the visit to the Glasgow City Chambers and a warm reception by the local authority.
The second working day was dedicated to the workshop on KLABS learning material. Here, Editors and Authors worked in groups, exchanged information on achieved progress and discussed about the format and content of individual contributions and of KLABS books in overall. Following the lunch break, the hosts took participants for a guided city bus tour which included visits to the Athletes’ Village built for the 2014 Commonwealth Games, medieval origins of the city, Victorian sights and architecture gems by Charles Rennie Mackintosh and other notable architects such as Zaha Hadid’s Riverside Museum. This tour allowed the delegation to get a deep understanding of the unique context of resilience and sustainability in Glasgow, and what lessons may be shared with other similar post-industrial cities. The tour concluded in Glasgow’s West End, where the delegation had an opportunity to sample some of the culture among the interesting housing typologies and neighborhoods planned in the 19th century. This visit helped to network participants among themselves, and to build new links with the city and its inhabitants.
On the third and final day, the work on learning material has been continued. The working part of event programme has been closed with presentations on updated structure and content of all KLABS books and the conclusions about the following steps necessary for brining this project activity to its finalization.

Meeting at the State University in Novi Pazar

March 22-24 2017

Project KLABS has organised Meeting of the Management Team and of Editorial Committee at the State University in Novi Pazar, from 22-24 March 2017.

During the first day of the meeting, the summary of all KLABS results produced during the first half of project lifecycle was provided, grant utilisation was analysed and discussed, and the progress in KLABS educational material development between two project gatherings at the RWTH University in Aachen and the State University in Novi Pazar was presented.
On the second working day, two parallel workshops, addressing development of KLABS learning material, i.e. the preparation of the Technical Implementation Report, were organised. At the workshop dedicated to KLABS educational material, the members of the project Editorial Committee carried out the 1st phase internal review of arrived contributions for KLABS book series from all project partners, reorganised structure and the content of learning material sections and prepared feedbacks to the authors. At the workshop about the preparation of the Technical Implementation Report, members of the institutional project teams and project coordinator jointly worked on filling in the segments of the Report and discussed various project implementation issues.
At the first session of the third working day, all meeting participants were acquainted with achieved progress in learning material development; the upcoming working steps were agreed and tasks shared. During the working session of the Editorial Committee, different options and offers for learning material publishing were elaborated and the optimal solution complying with the Erasmus+ rules was adopted. Later on, the plan for the promotion of new study programmes and the students’ enrolment plan were discussed; here, the accent was placed on upcoming activities of the WB consortium partners. During the last session of the meeting at the State University in Novi Pazar, KLABS goals in the second half of project life were given, new activities were discussed and new responsibilities shared among the partners.
In-between the work on the second and third meeting days, the hosts from the State University in Novi Pazar organised joint visits to nearby UNESCO world heritage sites and to several national cultural-historical sites located in the centre of Novi Pazar.

Event at the RWTH Aachen University

December 14-16, 2016

During the three-day KLABS event at the RWTH Aachen University, from 14-16 December 2016, study visit and a series of workshops have been organised.

On the first day, the participants at the KLABS event – representatives of all institutions included in project consortium, got an opportunity to learn about the RWTH Aachen University and its Faculty of Architecture. The informative presentations were followed by the joint workshop on setting the base for the development of learning material corresponding to newly develop postgraduate courses and programmes. At this occasion, project institutional representatives made an agreement about the concept, approach, purpose and the methodology for learning material production. The first working day was concluded with the architectural walking tour through Aachen.
Second working day way entirely dedicated to the workshops on the development of learning material. The work in groups has been organised. At the end of this working day, all groups presented the results of their work; every presentation was followed by fruitful discussion. It was jointly consented that new learning material, in accordance with the topics of the developed courses and programmes, as well as with the Western Balkan context, will include the following main subject: Sustainability, resilience and the built environment; Sustainable urban design; Integrated urban planning; Energy, buildings and cities; Design for sustainability and resilience; and Methods and tools for integrated design. During the break between work sessions, the hosts organised visit to the premises of the RWTH Faculty of Architecture.
During the third day, the preparation of descriptive and financial mid-term project report to the EACEA has been discussed. In addition, all Western Balkan project representatives briefed on the progress reached in the development of their study programmes and in accreditation (licensing) procedures. The event was concluded successfully, new terms and tasks were agreed and shared among project members, and the next project meeting at the State University of Novi Pazar has been appointed for March 2017.

Meeting in Mostar

October 12-14, 2016

“Džemal Bijedić” University of Mostar hosted KLABS consortium meeting on 12, 13 and 14 October 2016. The meeting was consisted of working sessions of KLABS Project Management Team, Editorial Committee and Committee for Quality Assurance, as well as of Monitoring visit to the project organized by Erasmus+ Office in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

On the first day of the meeting, the review of KLABS Dissemination Strategy, Dissemination Diary and Dissemination Record, with the analysis of all dissemination activities implemented to-date, has been carried out. The responsibilities in dissemination were elaborated, as well as accompanying visibility and publicity obligations. All key elements of dissemination were analyzed; the relevance of existing Strategy document was confirmed, as well as the main criteria for the evaluation of dissemination success and dissemination impact. Starting from the fact that every KLABS activity has a potential to be disseminated, the participants at the meeting discussed and agreed about additional possibilities to disseminate the project and its results, in accordance with the criteria presented in the main document.
Later on, KLABS Sustainability &Exploitation Strategy has been reviewed. The sustainability of results in the framework of KLABS project, with special reference to study programmes, centers for sustainable and resilient environments, learning material and the collaborations, has been elaborated. Measures taken by all project partners, in order to secure sustainability of project results, were examined. Links between Dissemination Strategy, Sustainability & Exploitation Strategy and KLABS Quality Control and Monitoring Manual were elaborated.
During the session Quality assessment of project results and quality plan update , participants at the meeting considered the relevance and utilization of the Quality Control & Monitoring Manual and of its annexes, reviewed the document Quality Plan and discussed about the indicators for the assessment of project results. At this occasion, new tasks among the members of the Committee for Quality Assurance, in the scope of forthcoming control and evaluation of project deliverables, have been assigned. In the afternoon working session of the first day, the presentation of the results of internal review of developed study programmes, carried out by Programme Countries project partners, has been initiated.
Morning sessions of the second working day were organized as workshop dedicated to the Development of learning material (WP 2.2.). The workshop included: Elaboration of the tasks of KLABS Editorial Committee; Presentation of the document KLABS book series: Sustainable and Resilient Built Environments – Proposal V 1.0. ; discussion about presented document; definition of the steps towards accomplishment of the goal related to learning material development; and the assignment of succeeding tasks among all consortium members. In the afternoon working session, the presentation of the results of internal review of developed study programmes has been continued. Similar to the first working day, fruitful discussions were developed after every analysis, and conclusions about necessary improvements were derived. In conclusion, all six Western Balkan programmes were internally reviewed. The last part of the second working day was a briefing on forthcoming monitoring visit to the project.
On the third day of the Meeting in Mostar, the representatives of all eleven higher education institutions included in KLABS consortium participated at monitoring sessions with the officers from Erasmus+ office in Bosnia and Herzegovina. After fruitful and comprehensive conversation about various project implementation issues, such as impact, quality, relevance and other, Erasmus+ officers provided the Consortium with the feedback on current project state and gave a number of useful suggestions for project continuation, referring to different project segments.
After monitoring, the hosts from “Džemal Bijedić” University of Mostar organized the tour through their Faculty of Civil Engineering. The final working session of the meeting was dedicated to the equipment purchase.
The Meeting in Mostar was concluded successfully; activities to be carried out before the next project meeting in Aachen have been defined. The main topics of the meeting in Aachen in December 2016 will include: development of learning material, report on the progress of new curricula development and the preparation for accreditation, as well as the preparation of the Intermediate report on project implementation.

Event in Venice

July 13-15, 2016

The Study Visit and Workshop organized by the Università Iuav di Venezia, held in Venice from July 13 to July 15 2016, is a part of the activities within the Work Package 2 – Development of Study Programmes.

The first day (July 13th) has been entirely dedicated to the workshops related to new curricula development. During the morning work, WB partners presented the draft version 1.2 of their new study programmes developed between the events in Delft and Venice (30 minutes for each presentation + comments). In the afternoon session, EU partners presented examples on didactical activities that use innovative learning methodologies and materials, in order to suggest ideas and introduce the following discussion on the development of educational material. Later on it was scheduled to work on establishing the common content base of learning materials with the objective to group proposed WB partners' programme content into the themes – subjects useful to develop textbooks and learning materials which is corresponding to new programmes.
During the second day (July 14th), at the Serbian Pavilion, in occasion of the Architecture Biennale 2016 “Reporting from the front”, KLABS public debate with titled MY_RES has been organized. In the morning, eleven posters prepared by each KLABS institution and one common video have been displayed at the Serbian Pavillion with the objective to bring out both different and common points of view on sustainability and resilience; the preparations for the debate followed. MY_RES debate, which started at 14:30 on the 14th of July, was focused on three main propositions: 1) ECONOMY - Sustainable solutions are likely to make our built environment more expensive and complex in a technical sense; 2) CONTEXT - We live in a global context but in the same time have to solve local problems; and 3) IMPLEMENTATION - Resilience has technical, environmental, social and political aspects. It involves different scales, from the details to cities.
The day was also an occasion for a study visit to other exhibition pavilions of Architecture Biennale 2016.
The third day (July 15th) has been dedicated to the Università Iuav di Venezia study visit. In the morning, KLABS consortium visited the W.A.VE. ( ) – intense design workshop organised every year by Iuav University, which brings a broad selection of architects from all over the world to Venice. About 1,800 students divided into 28 workshops worked together in a three-week period (from June 27th to July 15th), during which they tackled one of the most important themes regarding the city, that is the Porto Marghera. After that, KLABS participants visited Project Archives – a documentation centre that collects archives of various origin and nature related to the subject of architecture and, more generally, of the design ( ) and ArTec – a research laboratory which collects and archives examples of materials, products and innovative building techniques for researchers, students and professionals ( ). In the afternoon, guided visit to the Iuav Central Library ( ) has been organised, for concluding the KLABS 2nd Study Visit and Workshop with the exhibition “Carlo Scarpa After Carlo Scarpa” and the W.A.VE. workshop finish.

Event in Delft

May 9-11, 2016

The first in line of KLABS study visits and workshops dedicated to curricula development was organised at the Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment of TU Delft .

During the 3-day event from 9-11 May 2016, KLABS representatives from the European Union and Western Balkan partners’ institutions commonly participated at seven working sessions, consisted of workshops, round table discussions and presentations oriented towards drafting new postgraduate curricula Sustainable and Resilient Environments.
On the first day of the event, Western Balkan KLABS participants gave a brief overview of institutional needs, constraints and possibilities for new curriculum development; presentations were followed by vivid and fruitful opinion and experience exchange among WB and EU participants, leading to the formulation of conclusions about similarities and differences of future programmes, as well as about similarities and differences at WB and EU scales. During the second day, the main work subject was programme scope definition; the work was supported by common discussions, WB partners’ presentations of programme sketches, ideas, regional peculiarities, target groups of students, target market etc., as well as the reflections from EU partners on comparable European programmes. At the end of working programme, Western Balkan institutional representatives presented targeted outcomes of the event, that were the first drafts of new study programmes with determined duration, main study themes, modules, titles and content of the courses, and ECTS credits distribution. Active participation and significant expertise support from the hosts and other EU partners present at the event were crucial to reach set objectives. KLABS event in Delft was hence exceptionally effective and productive Consortium gathering.
Besides working sessions, the participants at the event got an opportunity to learn about the Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment in Delft, its operation, organisation and educational scheme, as well as to visit various Faculty educational premises, TU Delft campus and library, and Prêt-à-Loger house from Solar Decathlon Europe 2014 competition. At the end of event programme, the hosts from the TU Delft – Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment organized visiting tour to Rotterdam architectural highlights.

Meeting in Belgrade

April 12-13, 2016

KLABS Joint Meeting of the Project Management Team and the Committee for Quality Assurance was organised at the Faculty of Architecture of the University in Belgrade, on 12 and 13 April 2016.

Various managerial, contractual and financial issues were discussed and elaborated during two management related sessions of the meeting. The officer from the Tempus Foundation – Erasmus+ Office of Serbia attended one management session and assisted in providing the answers to different questions regarding, most of all, financial management of unit costs. At the session dedicated to the closure of the Work Package 1 and opening of the Work Package 2, the detailed list of all foreseen project results was additionally presented; in parallel, the indicators of progress for every single result were analysed. In continuation, partners’ representatives gave an overview of their project related achievements, with particular reference to the results within the Work Package 1.2 which is the base for forthcoming project work on development of new postgraduate study programmes.
In terms of KLABS quality, previously developed Quality Assurance and Monitoring Manual was introduced at the separate meeting session. The scope of internal and external quality related activities was reviewed. Representatives from the host institution – the Faculty of Architecture of the University of Belgrade, presented the organisation and content of their existing postgraduate studies and referred to the quality standards as prerequisites for programmes’ official recognition.
Finally, at the workshop session dedicated to project promotion actions, KLABS Project Management Team has established the plan for forthcoming events organisation, accenting on the possibilities for KLABS project presentation at Venice Biennale on July 2016.

KLABS kick-off meeting

January 13, 2016

The Kick-off meeting of the Erasmus+ CBHE project Creating the Network of Knowledge Labs for Sustainable and Resilient Environments was held at the Coordinating University on 12 and 13 January 2016. The goal of the meeting was to acquaint all project partners with the most relevant issues of project implementation, to discuss and confirm the aim, objectives, workplan and results foreseen by original project application, to establish project bodies, adopt quality and dissemination plan and the project logo, as well as to introduce project subject to the national policy makers in the field of higher education.