27 July 2017

Timber Focus: what an Eiffel!

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The dynamics of tall buildings, the beauty and versatility of wood, and even a masterclass on how to build the Eiffel Tower in timber are just some of the themes in this year’s Timber Focus Theatre, TRADA’s seminar programme at this year’s Timber Expo show.

 

Although speakers have still to be confirmed, the themes of the six sessions over the three days of the show have. They include some of the hottest topics in timber, and will be presented and discussed by some of the leading names in the industry.

 

The format of the seminars is the same as last year: three talks by experts followed by a panel discussion. This was greatly appreciated by the audiences last year, who joined in enthusiastically with the panel discussions. Topping the bill last year was Kevin McCloud of Grand Designs who joined in one of the sessions – and we hope to have him back in 2017.

 

TRADA has pulled together a mixture of themes that have proven very popular in the past - with some new ones that promise to draw a crowd. Stretching Wood (Tuesday October 10, 11-1pm) will feature three exciting topics including designs for digital manufacturing by Jon Shanks of Buro Happold and, following last year, a further look at pioneering research into the dynamics of tall timber buildings.

 

Meanwhile, Funky Wood (Tuesday October 10, 2-4pm) looks at some ingenious timber buildings including Maggie’s at the Robert Parfett by Foster & Partners and drmm’s Hastings Pier, chosen because they really are out of the ordinary.

 

In Simplifying the Complicated (Wednesday October 11, 11-1pm), speakers including Andrew Lawrence, Director at Arup, provide hands on specification guidance and advice on: CLT; standardising structural timber (hardwood and softwood) specification; and even a masterclass in how to design the Eiffel Tower in timber by Simon Smith of Smith & Wallwork.

 

The other sessions are: A timber bullet to “fix our broken housing market”? (Wednesday October 11, 2-4pm); Wood for good health (Thursday, October 12, 11-1pm); and Don’t just design it – make it (Thursday, October 12, 2-4pm). Visitors will have the opportunity to claim CPD points for attending the seminars that can be claimed at TRADA’s secondary stand (T150). (see the below table for more detail).

 

Timber Expo, part of UK Construction Week, is a must-attend event for anyone selling or specifying timber. This three-day expo will again be held at the NEC, Birmingham, from October 10-12.

 

It’s good news for TRADA members, who receive an exclusive 10% discount on stand rates at Timber Expo (contact Rob.alexander@media-ten.com or call 0203225 5263).

 

There  will be plenty of action on the TRADA stand (T250). Full Grown Ltd – which grows trees into unique pieces of furniture – will be showcasing a prototype chair and pendant lamp using this innovative technique.

 

TRADA’s publications team are due to launch new publications at Timber Expo and the hard copy of the much-anticipated NSTS v2.0 will be available to view and purchase on the stand.

 

Visitors will also get their first glimpse of 'Entwined', an innovative timber pavilion designed by students from the Emergent Technologies and Design Programme at the Architectural Association School of Architecture.

 

And, keeping with the theme of emerging timber talent, TRADA’s University Engagement Programme will be launching the 2018 Student Design Competition, while models from the 2017 competition, CO2nnect, will be on display for visitors to see.

 

 

 

 

'Timber Focus' Theatre 2017

TRADA's seminar themes:

Tuesday 10th October

11.00 – 13.00

Stretching wood

 

Whilst trees are not changing, what you can do with wood is; all thanks to a wide range of innovative thinking and action by designers, researchers and suppliers.

 

We’ve picked another 3 exciting topics this year: Zaha Hadid's design for a timber football stadium; designs for digital manufacturing by Buro Happold; and a look at pioneering research into the dynamics of tall timber buildings.

14.00 – 16.00

Funky wood

 

Every year we choose some extraordinary case studies to demonstrate the versatility and beauty of wood; a material that never goes out of fashion.

 

This year the buildings, which include Maggie’s at the Robert Parfett by Foster & Partners and drmm’s Hastings Pier, have been chosen because they really are out of the ordinary.

 

 

Wednesday 11th October

11.00 – 13.00

Simplifying the complicated

 

With wood pushing out so many boundaries it’s a challenge to ensure that practical, authoritative guidance is produced to enable all practitioners and clients – not just the big names – to benefit from all that wood can offer. Speakers, including Andrew Lawrence, Director at Arup, provide hands on specification guidance and advice on: CLT; standardising structural timber (hardwood and softwood) specification; and even a masterclass in how to design the Eiffel Tower in timber by Simon Smith of Smith & Wallwork.

14.00 – 16.00

A timber bullet to 'fix our broken housing market'?

 

The problem of building suffi cient homes of the right quality and location for the UK’s growing population isn’t going away. The government’s White Paper is an honest look at the possible solutions.

 

Speakers, including David Birkbeck, CEO at Design For Homes, take a look at how well timber is poised to provide the solutions, what are timber’s strengths and where are there areas for improvement.

 

 

Thursday 12th October

11.00 – 13.00

Wood for good health

 

Whether you prefer contemporary clean lines or warmer and heavier uses of wood, we all instinctively feel that wood creates a relaxing and comfortable environment for both work, study and relaxation.

 

But what are the methods of measuring this? And what is the evidence to support the claims? Three speakers share their understanding in this relatively new but important area and its consequences for wood.

14.00 – 16.00

Don’t just design it – make it

 

As the digital age progresses at a furious pace it increasingly provides architects and engineers with the possibility of going much further than just design; by partnering with a good fabricator you can effectively be the one to make the end product by developing the manufacturing code. And importantly timber is the best material to do this.

 

Experienced designers in this field from the Architectural Association and Ralph Parker, architect behind ‘Slipstream’, Europe’s longest sculpture, share what is possible for those that dare to step out!