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Architecture engineering, Architectural design

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In: THOMPSON, E. M., ed. 2014. Fusion - 32nd International Conference on Education and research in Computer Aided Architectural Design in Europe, 10-12 September 2014 Newcastle upon Tyne. eCAADe and Department of Architecture and Built Environment, Faculty of Engineering and Environment, Northumbria University. pp. 159-168.


This paper investigates the potential and implications of using naturally occurring material phenomena as a connecting mechanism for solid timber components. Proposed and discussed are connections based on anisotropic shrinkage and geometrical variability of trees. Using the notion of material agency in design, following the bio-cyberntic and biomimetic frameworks, solutions are devised to reduce energy usage, environmental pollution and utilise low-processed material. Finally, consequences of the fusion of the natural (analogue) and the digital realms are discussed, with an example of a workflow integrating inherent material traits with digital manufacture.



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