Timber gridshells: beyond the drawing board

TANG, Gabriel (2013). Timber gridshells: beyond the drawing board. Proceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers. Construction Materials, 166 (6), 390-402.

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Abstract

In March 2011, a week-long workshop that invited participation from all architecture and architectural technology students at Sheffield Hallam University, UK was organised with the objective of enhancing students’ thinking and experience by construction thinking. It was aimed at creating a sense of realness to realise a design project collectively. Timber was set as the material of exploration. The students had to make use of bending to design and create a timber gridshell structure. This made use of a quality traditionally felt to be a structural weakness of the material. To do this, students form-found non-mathematically and non-digitally using paper gridmats. This paper describes the aims, activity and outcome of the timber gridshell workshop as a way of preparing architects and technologists of the future and introducing the challenges of architectural design in terms of economics and construction process, aesthetics, effective communication and structural intuition by working with a given material – all important aspects in achieving effective architecture.

Item Type: Article
Research Institute, Centre or Group: Built Environment Division Research Group
Identification Number: 10.1680/coma.12.00046
Depositing User: Sarah Ward
Date Deposited: 29 Jan 2015 12:57
Last Modified: 19 Oct 2016 18:42
URI: http://shura.shu.ac.uk/id/eprint/9288

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