Special Subject: Building Technology —Additive Timber: Generative assembly logics for circular building design

Permission of instructor
Limited to 15

Can be repeated for credit.

Focusing on timber, one of the most promising building materials to reduce carbon emissions in the built environment, we will analyze traditional methods of construction from a tectonic, aesthetic and sustainability viewpoint to inspire new generative digital design workflows. We will introduce methods for digital reassembly and the creation of novel building systems and aggregation logics that build up on traditional construction methods. We will create an architectural and computational vision that works with societies' bottom-up processes and allows for the design with flexible planning parameters. We will also study the structural implications and possibilities of aggregated assemblies, including connection design and force flow analysis.

Based on initial research in the workshop related to reconfigurable material solutions and scalable wood construction, we will create a design platform for adaptive spacemaking. How can we fuse proven techniques of sustainable design with new methods of creative generation? How can we leverage prefabrication and automated manufacturing for the design of full building lifecycles? How can we overcome challenges in modular construction by reengineering mass-customization and kits of parts?

In a one-week workshop students will collaboratively develop prototypical timber building systems. The project work will be accompanied by lectures and master classes from the instructors and invited experts in the fields of generative design, timber construction, and circular economy.

Both interested graduate and undergraduate students are welcome.