25 July 2018

A host of highlights with TRADA at Timber Expo

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Winning designs, rosewood marimba performances, books galore and a timber installation from the Royal College of Art are just a few of the many highlights of TRADA’s presence at Timber Expo this year.


Meet TRADA’s top team of timber experts, browse our literature, learn more about the prestigious Urban Buzz competition but above all be educated, engaged and entertained at Timber Expo 2018.


An impressive line-up of hosts and speakers will bring their specialist timber knowledge to this prestigious three-day event at NEC Birmingham on 9th to 11th October.  


Highlights include key CPD fire design topics, ground-breaking timber building case studies, all interspersed with rosewood marimba performances by Andrew Woolcock, the BBC Young Musician percussion winner of 2016.


TRADA’s University Engagement Programme  Stand – T50


Admire the winning designs from TRADA’s University Challenge 2018 (dubbed Urban Buzz), including the understated winning entry, reminiscent of rice terraces in China.


Next year’s University Challenge promises to be even bigger and better. Tabitha Binding, University Engagement Manager at TRADA will be on hand to answer questions and provide details on how to apply.


TRADA stand T145  


Visit the TRADA stand (T145) to browse an extensive and wide-ranging collection of free wood information sheets, case studies and research summaries, covering all aspects of timber design and build — and enjoy an exclusive show discount on TRADA membership and publications.


Technical Timber Zone T150


Come prepared with a timber-related question and challenge our team of technical experts or test the extent of your own knowledge of strength grades or wood species by participating in an interactive quiz on strength grading or wood species identification; Amazon vouchers will be up for grabs and awarded to the lucky person / persons selected from the daily draw. 


Installation from Royal College of Art  

Grymsdyke Farm, a Buckinghamshire based research facility, fabrication workshop and living-working space for architects, artists and designers, will provide the ideal venue for an enthusiastic, multi-disciplinary team of students to create an installation for display at Timber Expo 2018.


TRADA, in partnership with The Royal College of Art Architecture, Hanson Plywood, Timber Expo and Grymsdyke Farm, have joined forces to bring their expertise, specialist knowledge and products to a ten-day intense design and make workshop from 15th to 23rd September. 


Led by Manja van de Worp, tutor (Structures & Technology) in the School of Architecture at the Royal College of Art, the project brief is a cross-disciplinary investigation into flexible construction systems for housing using plywood panels. 

Experts have set the bar high, with tight timescales to encourage students to roll up their sleeves and ensure maximum learning. 


TRADA’s Tabitha Binding says: “Designing, handling and building with real materials at 1:1 scale is an incredibly satisfying, productive experience that cannot be matched by simply designing with CAD and small-scale models, although this is where it all starts.  


“This workshop will provide students with a thorough understanding of the possibilities and limitations of various materials.  There is no short cut to learning about this; designers need to roll up their sleeves and get their hands on the materials!”


TRADA's Timber Focus Theatre

The TRADA Timber Focus Theatre returns again this year with another glittering panel, including speakers from big names like Ramboll, Knox Bhavan, Arup and Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners. The theatre combines key fire design issues, chat show debates with high-profile guests, aspirational case studies, and technical design talks to help you tackle the timber nuts that are difficult to crack. At various short intervals throughout the day, a rosewood marimba will also take the stage.  

Find out more about each seminar - Download the three-day programme below


Seminar Programme      Seminar Topics




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