Educan Dog Training Centre - Shipping Container School for Dogs, Humans and Other Species, Spain

Educan Dog Training Centre is, among other things, also an experiment that shows that agricultural architecture, usually considered minor by the discipline itself, can also be place of architectural exploration and innovation.

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ProjectEducan Dog Training Centre
ArchitectureEeestudio, Lys Villalba
Area300 sqm
Architects In ChargeEnrique Espinosa, Lys Villalba
ClientTraining Educan
Metallic ConstructionsMiguel Torrejon
Technical ArchitectJavier Renones Marin
Facilities EngineeringAlberto Espinosa
Technical ConsultantJorge Lopez Hidalgo
CollaboratorsMaria Paola Marciano, Irene Dominguez
Construction companyAlji Integral Services
Structural EngineeringMechanism
LocationBrunete, Spain

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01. A multi-species architecture. Eva, Carlos, the Malinois dogs Bicho and Bomba, the Harris owl, five families of swifts, six of kestrels and twenty sparrows, are companion species. All of them live and learn together in this shipping container building 30 kilometers west of Madrid. Located between farm fields, in a rural environment that has been altered in recent decades by urbanization and intensive agriculture with pesticides, the Educan school is testing how to recover the environmental conditions of this ecosystem.

Its architecture is a multispecies design. While pairs of dogs and humans practice training in the two main classrooms, the birds nest in the nest-facades on the upper floor, with the ideal views and orientations for them. The small birds of prey feed on rodents, keeping their balance with crops and other plants; Smaller birds and field bats, which also inhabit the letters on the south facade, feed on insects, including mosquitoes that carry some canine diseases, and are part of the pollination cycles of flowers and plants in the adjoining fields. Sparrows have joined this self-regulating ecosystem in an unplanned way, nesting in the circular holes on the edges of the shipping containers.

Non-humans are the center of the design. The floors, usually designed for people with shoes, adapt to the pads and joints of canine paws — the training rooms are covered with artificial grass with an elastomeric base, approved for dog training, in removable rolls; the theory lecture classrooms are covered with exposed arid concrete made of semi-polished river boulders. The average height of eyes drops from 160 to 50 cm. The interior openings are raised to heights greater than one meter to avoid dog distractions; the louvered shutters shade the south facade, leaving enough space under them for dogs to pass through to the outside, where the rainwater that falls on the roof is collected in large drinking bowls for dogs and birds. The word becomes bark, and the interior surfaces are lined with sound-insulating pyramids with high acoustic absorption to minimize echo, noise and reverberation.

02. Material crossovers and construction innovation. Diverse materials are used in this building, combining different construction techniques, trades and production systems: from material ecology and waste reduction in the reuse of shipping containers, to the adaptability and thermal inertia of concrete, smooth and undulating formwork made of shipping container wall sheets; from standardization and optimization of industrial sheet metal panels to precision of CNC cut laminated wood joints; from the standardization of basic modules such as 40'HC shipping containers to the hand-crafted ironwork work that allows to customize details, assemblies or new elements such as bench legs, lamps or large sliders that open and close spaces; from automated air conditioning systems, to manual bioclimatic control elements such as perforated shutters or roller blinds; from the material weight of the foundation and concrete wall to the lightness of the rest of the prefabricated and pre-assembled elements.

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Discover in our courses everything you need about canine psychology and ethology, learn how to set up a successful dog school and become a highly qualified canine instructor who knows how to go beyond traditional training classes.

All the R+D+i of EDUCAN, the most innovative training company in Europe, at your service.

With us you will learn an orderly way of working that, in addition to practical results, allows you to take advantage of and enhance the affective, social, cognitive and communicative capacities of dogs in their relationship with people. Day by day, we will see how to take advantage of the knowledge provided by behavioral sciences -ethology, psychology...- to turn the love between dogs and people into the basis of their training and education.

At EDUCAN you will be trained with the most up-to-date knowledge and concepts, the most useful practices, the most organized work protocols and the most careful teaching that can be found in the dog world. Have fun and progress learning seriously.

Because we believe that training consists of building bridges for understanding between species, and not in the mechanical and repetitive teaching of behaviors, that is what Cognitive-Emotional Training consists of. Because each species has, we have, its own ways of learning, feeling and interpreting the world, knowing them allows us to connect in a coordinated team, avoiding objectifying our peers during the teaching-learning process.

Because dogs think and love us. And knowing how it will help us facilitate access to happiness for dogs and people when they live together.

EDUCAN has been training canine instructors, specialized professional trainers (search for substances, locating people, security and intervention dogs and more) and dog educators around the world and in all specialties for many years. Trust the dressage school trusted by the best.

AddressVereda de Sacedon, S/N, 28690 Brunete, Madrid, Spain
Phone 1+34 910 00 36 35
Phone 2+34 670 52 06 38
Phone 3+34 610 23 79 95

About Eeestudio

Enrique Espinosa (Eeestudio) has been a member of CoLaboratorio since 2015 together with professors Almudena Ribot, Diego Garcia-Setien, Begona de Abajo and Gaizka Altuna. CoLab is a teaching unit of the Projects Department of the Higher Technical School of Architecture of Madrid, a space for the production of prototypes and real objects linked to the Fab Lab ETSAM. From the contemporary project CoLab works around industrialization, the organization of flexible systems of project participation and collaborative work. Together with CoLab, it has developed several teaching courses, several innovation projects, numerous articles, an agreement with the Fuenlabrada City Council, and several publications, including Open City (2020, CoLab + Actar).

Enrique also participates in other DPA initiatives such as Edumeetsam, the DPA teaching debate community, or together with Begona de Abajo, Carlos Garcia, Eva Gil, Angela Juarranz, Alvaro Martin and Borja Sallago, he started the Argument cycle, in its first Sampling edition. Contexts.

CoLaboratorio is also part of the educational innovation groups Proyectos Aglutinadores de Proyectos (D.A.P.) and ProLab, together with professors Federico Soriano, Eva Gil, Pedro Urzaiz and Silvia Colmenares. with D.A.P. It has won the first prize for UPM educational innovation projects in 2018 and a first prize for UPM innovation groups in 2019.

In addition to a teaching practice from the institution, Enrique has developed multiple pedagogical practices in other formal and informal contexts, in multiple universities (IED, ETSAC, UA, UEM, Los Andes...) and other heterodox contexts such as Edumeet Madrid (2012) , On Collaboration, his thesis space (Metamethodology) or the research grant "Pedagogias Arquitectonicas" (2008).

Enrique Espinosa (Eeestudio) is an architect, co-founder-co-director of PKMN architectures since 2006 and associate professor at ETSAM since 2015. Since 2016 he has been developing his professional practice in the fields of architecture and the city at Eeestudio, collaborating in a network with other professionals and institutions, and their research practices around learning processes and collaborative production.

Eeestudio expands the experience and lines of work developed by PKMN around objects, spaces, identities, the city and intergenerationality from the perspective of the "Studio", a parallel figure to the laboratory that mediates, synthesizes and operates between ideas and reality (concepts analyzed in research by P. Gallison, A. Wilkies, I. Farias), and which is progressively doing so from knowledge, platforms and open and connected networks.

AddressC. de Blasco de Garay, 30, 28015 Madrid, Spain
Phone+34 649 37 60 66

About Lys Villalba

Lys Villalba Rubio (Madrid, 1981) is an architect, educator and independent researcher, graduate of the Escuela Tecnica Superior de Arquitectura de Madrid ETSAM (M.Arch 2008) and Visiting Scholar at Columbia University’s GSAPP (2016-2017). She is currently an Associate Proffesor at ETSAM and PhD Candidate at Escuela Politecnica Superior de Arquitectura de Alicante.

Her work explores the intersection of architecture and the social, technological, and political realms, and was nominated for the Rolex Mentor and Protege Arts Initiative 2016. Her PhD research The City Writes Itself explores the hypothesis of revisiting and expanding 20th-Century Urban Manifestoes. The first chapter, Made in Tokyo: 15th Year Update (2001-2016), received the Matadero Madrid/Tokyo Wonder Site grant 2015, the Tokyo Arts and Space Institutional grant 2017, and was exhibited at the Japan Pavilion 16th Venice Biennale 2018. The second chapter, Delirious New York: 40h Year Update (1978-2018), received the Spanish Royal Academy of Fine Arts/Arquia fellowship 2016. The third chapter, Los Angeles: 50h Year Update (2071-2021) has been awarded a Madrid Visual Arts grant in 2020.

Villalba is cofounder of Zoohaus collective, whose project Collective Intelligences has developed fieldwork research and prototyping projects in 15 countries since 2020, in collaboration with local collectives and cultural institutions; and has been exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York and Museum of Applied Arts (MAK) in Vienna, in the Architecture biennials BEAU, Bienal Iberoamericana, Sao Paulo Biennale 2018, Venice Biennale 2018, and has received the Arquia/Proxima First Prize in 2012.

Her works and articles have been published in MoMA Ed.,Viva, Arquitectura Viva, Pasajes de Arquitectura y Critica, Architectural Design, World Architecture Magazine, El Pais, Urbanism and Architecture, DD Damdi Korea, revista Arquitectura COAM, etc. Her practice has been awarded multiple prizes, including EU Mies Award 2022 (Nominee), MATCOAM Innovation Prize (First Prize), FAD Award 2021 (Selected work), Architecture COAM Award (Honorable Mention), MAPEI Award 2021 Sustainable Architecture (Third Prize), Europan 15 (Spetial Mention), Ascer Prizes (Spetial Mention), COAM Competition Public Library in Villaverde (Second Prize), COAM Competition Media Village Madrid (Second Prize), among others.

Villalba has been a Professor at IED Madrid (2013-2019), and has developed workshops as a vissiting professor at different architecture schools worldwide, such as UDLA Santiago de Chile (Chile), Hanzen University (Holanda), KEIO UniversityTokyo (Japan), CUINDA Bangkok (Thailand), LAU New York (USA), Universidad Javeriana de Bogota (Colombia), FAU Santiago de Chile (Chile); and a guest juror and lecturer at Harvard GSD Boston, Harvard GSD Tokyo, The University of Virginia, Columbia GSAPP, Bartlett School of Architecture London, TU Berlin, ETSAValles, ETSAGranada, UDLA Chile, KTH Stockholm, IE Segovia, New Jersey School of Architecture, IAAC Barcelona and UCLA Los Angeles, among other institutions.

Previously she worked in the magazine Arquitectura Viva (2011-2013, Madrid, Spain), and as an architect at Foreign Office Architects (2003-2004 London, UK), Herzog & de Meuron (2004-2005, Basel, Switzerland), Izaskun Chinchilla (2006-2009, Madrid, Spain), and was part of the Leon11 collective (2007-2015).

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Educan Dog Training Centre - Shipping Container School for Dogs, Humans and Other Species, Spain