March 10, 2009

Urban Wood goes Russia

Students of the Vienna University of Technology have been designing innovative flexible timber buildings for the Olympic Games 2009 in Sotschi in design studios supervised by associates of the Department of Structural Design and Timber Engineering.

Hence the Department has been invited to participate in the International Construction Exhibition “Athletic Build Sochi 2009” and to the congress “Sustainable Energy” in Sotschi, Russia. The Department uses this invitation to organize an excursion to Moscow and Sochi from April 21, 2009 to April 28, 2009 accompanied by a group of 24 students of architecture. Within this group there are two participants of the 2nd Class of the running postgraduate Master Program “Urban Wood”.

At this exhibition the students will have the chance to present the best projects of “Urban Wood” that were elaborated during module three in Vienna. The Academic Director, Prof. Wolfgang Winter is very pleased to present a part of the outcome to a broad public and hopes to influence the development of future buildings for Sochi with these innovative concepts.

The MSc Program “Urban Wood” is a unique interdisciplinary part-time MSc Program, organized in cooperation with three Universities of three different countries: the Vienna University of Technology (Austria), the Dresden University of Technology (Germany) and the Politecnico di Torino (Italy). The lectures are held in English to attain students from as many nations as possible. Participants of class one and two have come from all over the world.

A more important quality criterion is of course the Faculty itself. We have managed to gain scientific staff of the three Universities mentioned above and practicing Architects, Engineers as well as representatives of companies for an optimal combination of science and practice.

All of the Faculty members are well known like the Engineer and Professor Julius Natterer, the expert on timber constructions. Architects like Prof. François Hélène Jourda and Prof. Hermann Kaufmann, exemplarily show that the Faculty exceeds the domain of timber-constructions to building in an urban, social, and ecological context.

The next class will start on August 31, 2009 and application deadline is May 31, 2009. More information about the timetable, the Faculty members and application details can be found at the website:


Final Degree:"Master of Science" (MSc)
Language of Instruction:Englisch
Duration:4 semesters, presented in 3 modules and an individual research project (Master Thesis)
Program Start:August 31, 2009
Application Deadline:May 31, 2009
Academic Directors:Univ.Prof. DDI Wolfgang Winter (TU Wien)
Prof. Clara Bertolini Cestari (Politecnico di Torino)
Prof. Dr. Peer Haller (TU Dresden)

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