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Concrete Architecture 2023 student workshop

organizer: Faculty of Architecture, Cracow University of Technology, AGH, Association of Cement Manufacturers

The call for applications for the next edition of the Concrete Architecture student workshop is launched! This biennial event is designed for architecture students who want to gain knowledge and skills in designing with concrete. {More}


The workshop is organized by the Association of Cement Manufacturers, the Department of Architectural Design WA PK, the Department of Building Materials Technology WIMiC AGH in cooperation: PERI Poland, Górażdże Cement/Górażdże Concrete.

The recruitment for the next edition of the student workshop Concrete Architecture is launched! This biennial event is designed for architecture students who want to gain knowledge and skills in designing with concrete. Over the course of five days, they will have the opportunity to learn the secrets of designing with concrete, as well as learn about its practical application. This year's workshop slogan is King Minos' Throne.

"Thrones are often associated with splendor and gold. However, as we can sometimes see, there have been modest thrones, well, perhaps in this shape they have survived to our time. The myth of the Minotaur, who was locked in a labyrinth by King Minos, some say, is not a fairy tale. And as is usual in building, it could not do without an architect. Here we are talking about Daedalus the father of the unruly Icarus [...]. And it is in the middle of this labyrinth, in the subterranean corridors and dark dungeons of King Minos' palace, at Knossos in Crete, that one of the most unusual and mysterious concrete elements of antiquity is located - King Minos' throne [...]. The throne is in the form of an armchair, 1.6 meters high and 50 cm deep and wide. It is considered one of the first concrete elements used in construction. It was made of steel-reinforced concrete, which gave it exceptional durability and resistance to mechanical damage. During archaeological excavations, it was discovered that the throne had been repaired and repaired several times, indicating that it was a very important element in the palace. Interestingly, during the research it was discovered that there were indentations on the seat, indicating that it was used not only by the king himself, but also by other important dignitaries. King Minos' concrete throne remains to this day one of the most enigmatic pieces of antiquity. Its unique construction and workmanship using a then very modern material, as well as its long history and use, arouse awe and fascination among archaeologists and tourists alike from all over the world," - say the workshop organizers.

terms and conditions

The workshop is intended for thirty people - male and female students, Faculty of Architecture and Art from universities from all over Poland.

Participants will be asked to send permission from the dean (vice dean) of their home faculty to take part in the workshop, as well as a pdf of the best project they have done at their home Faculty of Architecture. A ranking list will be announced from among those submitted.

Classes will include:

  • theoretical lectures,
  • project tasks (teams of 5 people),
  • supervision of projects - consultations
  • execution of projects - forms, formwork, reinforcement, placement of concrete (assistance of qualified construction workers, reinforcers, carpenters).

Participants will be divided into five (five-person) groups. The proposed projects should be presented first on a single board of 50 by 70 cm, vertically with the help of axonometric drawings, clearly explaining the concept. The scale of the development is arbitrary, appropriate to the concept. Development without the use of a computer by any technique, permanent, on any type of board, allowing later reproduction.

The final stage of the creation of the throne is its independent construction. Each team to carry out the project will have at its disposal concrete with a volume of no more than 0.5m3 (note that it is assumed that a cubic of concrete weighs 2300 kg), the concrete can be reinforced. Castings will be made in individual formwork designed and assembled by the workshop participants, the size will be about 50×50×160 cm.

The workshop will also present the latest trends in concrete architecture and the challenges of working with this material. The presenters will include architects who will share their knowledge and experience, as well as practitioners from companies related to the concrete industry. They will conduct practical exercises, so that participants will have the opportunity to put the knowledge they have gained into practice.

Each participant will receive a certificate of completion of the workshop and access to training materials. The Concrete Days 2023 in Wisla will also feature an exhibition of works that were created during the workshop.

The organizers will cover the cost of accommodation and food for participants.

Any questions about the workshop and documents should be emailed to:


  • notification of participation - until May 2023,
  • list of qualified persons - by May 30, 2023,
  • workshop - from September 11 to 15, 2023 in Krakow,
  • post-workshop exhibition - during the Concrete Days in Wisla, October 9 to 11, 2023.

more information

You can find detailed information and an application form in the event on FB.


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