Egurtek to take place online

5 October 2020

World-renowned architects will be taking part in Egurtek 2020, the International Forum on Architecture and Construction in Wood on October 14 and 15.

The eight edition of this event will take place at Bilbao Exhibition Centre (BEC) as planned, but this time it will be held as an online morning broadcast. These will be free to watch with prior registration.

Each session will cover the topics arranged for the event, with domestic and international speakers, and will include the technical conferences. The latest products and services in the wood construction and design sector will also be showcased.

After the event is officially opened and before the conference begins, the Egurtek Awards 2020 will be given out to the best projects and renowned professionals in the wood construction industry.

Many architects offering several approaches to wood construction will be speaking at the conference sessions. For example, Oreka, a studio based in Gipuzkoa, will kick off the conference at 9.30am on the first day, explaining its work, which is closely linked to bioconstruction, as it is involved in the construction of timber and straw buildings, applying bioclimatic criteria.

Oreka’s buildings Ikastola Txintxirri school in Elorrio and Casa de Paja in Urdaibai are a clear example of this. Ekaitz Uribe present these projects.

Other speakers will include Casper Mork-Ulnes (Norway), who will present his 100ft2 cabins, and Mónica Rivera, of Emiliano López-Mónica Rivero Arquitectos studio in Barcelona.

The second session will start at 9am on October 15, with a talk by Pol Massoni, of Lacol-Arquitectura Cooperativa, featuring an interesting project carried out in Barcelona which seeks social transformation. He will be followed by Jessica McGarry (Northern Ireland), who will talk about some of her studio’s projects such as the Fallahogey House, her office and home; and Mario Carreño (Chile), who will present his projects Cerro Pochoco homes and the Municipal Gym of Salamanca.

The conference sessions each day will be topped off with a round table organised by Baskegur, where renowned experts will analyse concepts such as bioeconomy and bioregions applied to the forest sector and sustainable construction, with timber as a distinguishing feature.