M. Zmudzinska-Nowak

Silesian University of Technology (POLAND)
The aim of the paper is to present student’s workshops organized by the Faculty of Architecture, Silesian University of Technology with international or local partners, as a good practice in linking research and education in architecture. The paper contains general objectives of the workshops, methods and achieved goals.

The paper presents selected author’s programs of architecture students workshops, as case studies that refer to the problems of common european cultural heritage.

The aim of the workshops was to prepare approach and general conception of revitalisation of historical buildings and sites.
Workshop is a process of research and design. Students (participants) receive a guidelines for work and they are expected to build a detailed structure of the project and fill it with content. We use different tools, as: work in groups, brain storming, survey, work "in field”, etc.
Workshop framework:
1. Team building, defininig of goals and verification methods
2. Collecting data, defining problems
3. Loop: conclusions - working hypothesis ("scenarios” or models) - testing of hypotesis (discussion in groups, evaluation) - numbers of repetitions.
4. General discussion (all groups presentation) - conclusions
5. Loop: Verification, discussion - numbers of repetitions.
6. Project completing and final presentation

Case studies:
Jelesnia (2014) - international cooperation
International workshop in Jelesnia (Poland) organized by Faculty of Architecture SUT, selecteted Univesities from Vysehrad Group (V-4) and Local Self- government of Jelesnia. Workshop was dedicated to architecture students and professors from Slovakia, Czech Republic, Hungary, Slovenia and Poland.
Workshop subject was architectural project of adaptation for a new function the Building of Carpathian Border Guard Division - "Check Point Korbielow”. The building is situated on former Polish-Slovak border line. After access to Shengen zone "check points” became a part of heritage of common history.

Tyvrow (2012-2013) - work abroad
Workshop project of renovation of baroque church and monastery complex in Tyvrow (Ukraine) was undertaken by academics and students of FA SUT in Gliwice in cooperation with Oblates Mission in Ukraine. The goal of the project is to restore and adapt the building for educational function, work for local community and promotion of the cultural heritage of the Eastern Borderlands of former Poland.

Biskupice (2013) - cooperation with local community
The aim of workshop organized by FA SUT and Local Self- government, was to prepare recommendations and conceptual design that could be applied in the planning practice and in the course of preparing detailed assumptions and the implementation of the Local Plan for Urban Revitalization of Biskupice (Upper Silesia region, Poland). Biskupice housing estate- historic workers’ settlement that was constructed in turn of XIX and XX century and it is exceptional historical, spatial and social heritage of industrial age in Europe.

Scientific achievements:
- Development of knowledge and awareness in history and architecture
- Exchange of knowledge and experience
- Discussion on contemporary approach to common heritage.

Educational achievements:
- Integration and didactic experience for students and teachers.
- Training in workshop methods
- Increase of practical skill in research and architectural design