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Timber Architecture: Seminar at the Casa dell’Architettura - Acquario Romano

Timber Architecture  at the Casa dell’Architettura
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The event was staged by architecture magazine THE PLAN, in collaboration with AHEC, an organization that promotes the use of American Hardwood and offers consultancy. Building on last year’s success at the Fondazione Feltrinelli in Milan, the organizers invited speakers from the design world who have solid experience using timber in their work: Andrew Waugh (Founding Partner, Waugh Thistleton Architects), Benedetta Tagliabue (Co-Founder and CEO, Miralles Tagliabue EMBT) and Andrew Lawrence (Associate Director and Global Timber Specialist, ARUP). Nicola Leonardi (Publisher-in-chief, THE PLAN) presented the various speakers and chaired the panel discussion, which also featured the participation of David Venables (European Director, AHEC). Andrew Waugh gave the opening address to the seminar. Waugh recently designed an installation called MultiPly for the Victoria & Albert Museum as part of the London Design Festival. The work consists of seventeen cross laminated timber (CLT) box panel modules that overlap to create a labyrinth of pathways visitors can explore freely. In addition to describing the installation, the architect presented other projects from his practice, which has a long tradition of using timber for construction. Andrew Lawrence took the audience on a journey of discovery through the history of timber architecture, analyzing how construction technologies have evolved and bringing along a number of the most famous designs in contemporary architecture to illustrate his lecture. To conclude, Benedetta Tagliabue presented a selection of the most famous projects her practice has built, starting with the successful Scottish Parliament, the Santa Caterina Market in Barcelona, and pavilions for the 2015 Expo Milano. The seminar concluded with a panel discussion chaired by Nicola Leonardi. The event speakers compared notes on the role timber has to play and its potential for construction, architecture and engineering.

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