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Prizes and Awards

Schöck award for innovation in building and construction

18 January, 2019:

Congratulations! Carmen Marock (RWTH Aachen), Stefan Ehrke (TU Braunschweig) and Tim Hammer (Karlsruhe Institut for Technology KIT) are the recipients of this year’s award for their outstanding final projects and theses.

 

Workshop opens in Kharkiv, Urkaine

6 November, 2018:

The first phase of construction at our new project location for the multiplication of painter training in Ukraine has been completed and the location has officially opened its doors.   All classrooms and facilities needed for theoretical and practical training, complete with a warehouse, offices for master craftsmen and bathroom facilities are now ready to use. The modernized vocational training program meets Western standards and will admit 28 students. During a second construction phase next year, the rooms for master painter training will be renovated and fully furnished. This project will be financed by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ).

 

 
Exchange Projects

Intercultural dialog project for stonemasons in Lviv

3 August, 2018:

Within the context of the German-Ukranian thornconcept project for stonemasons, another summer building event was hosted in Lviv, Urkaine. Both in the courtyard of the Ivan Trush College for Applied and Fine Art and on a building in the Old Town, directly adjoining the historic “Black House” on market square, damaged building elements were either restored or replaced with newly carved pieces. Here, the public always takes a great deal of interest in the work and the background of the project.

In addition, the group designed and carved two pillars to symbolize the German-Ukranian partnership. These will remain in the courtyard. As always, an array of cultural activities rounded out the events. The participants had the opportunity to explore the vibrant town, its art and its history. The MozArt festival, which took place at the same time, provided an additional opportunity to enjoy the arts. In September, the Ukranian stonemasons will in turn visit their counterparts in the Palatinate area of Germany.

 

Working hand in hand for our cultural heritage

18 June, 2018:

On the European Day for the Preservation of Cultural Heritage, set against the impressive backdrop of the Imperial Baths in Trier, Germany, former and future participants of the Intercultural Dialogue Project for Stonemasons showed off their craft. Between the many informational booths, the small workshop served as a lively draw for many visitors. Graduate stonemason Dirk Brügemann-Bulgakov, who headed the Ukranian side of the project, was available to answer any and all questions the visitors had. The next phase of this joint project with thornconcept.eu will launch on July 18 in Lviv, Ukraine, where German and Ukranian stonemasons will once again work hand in hand.

 

 

Friendship at first sight

18 June, 2018:

Apprentices and master craftsmen from Yaroslavl, Russia, recently paid a visit to their German sister city Kassel. This year, the cities are celebrating the long-standing partnership between the College for Urban Planning in Yaroslavl and the Oskar-von-Miller School in Kassel with two exchange projects. Together, the plant installation technicians planned and installed a new restroom facility. A similar project is planned for Yaroslawl with the added component of accessibility. From the outset, the project was characterized by an atmosphere of friendship. This made it difficult to say goodbye – all the participants are now looking forward to seeing each other again in the fall.

 

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