Modern timber tectonics: from construction technique to building systems.
WHO IS THIS RESEARCH RELEVANT TO AND WHY
Design team members who are involved in designing and building with a system either systemised building or system buildings.
ABSTRACT / DESCRIPTION
Every form of construction is based on a set of rules (or system) which is the result of the properties and conditions of the materials employed and the requirements they have to meet. Analysing if new systems are changing traditional timber tectonics is the aim of this paper. First, the paper looks at the two fundamentally different prefabrication principles we can use nowadays. These relate to the two ways of designing and building with a system: systemised building and system building. Also, a large number of innovative new systems are making the relationship between various design aspects more and more complex. All these changes have an impact on the design process and the way architecture is formed: the paper shows how new systems and semi-finished products that have been developed in the past ten years are changing the traditional tectonics of timber, making possible a modern tectonic form.
Sandra Costa Santos