Januray 2013

News & Blogs

2013 THE YEAR AHEAD

2013 promises to be an interesting year for the design and construction industries and those of us working with wood and timber products.

In 2012 three letters – CLT – put Melbourne’s Docklands precinct on the international design and construction radar. Why? At Melbourne’s Victoria Harbour Lend Lease built Forté is the world’s tallest modern multi-residential wooden building, using cross laminated timber (CLT).

CLT and other heavy timber and composite construction systems offer a sustainable alternative to traditional materials for multi-residential and commercial projects.

So what’s happening in the Australian market? The answer is a lot. Activity, much of it not widely public as yet, is evident with two more heavy timber buildings under way in Melbourne – the Dockland Library and Community Centre and Melbourne University’s Parkville Campus Architecture building.

All in all, there are some 20 heavy engineered timber – mostly CLT - buildings in various stages of planning, design, documentation and construction in Australia.

We’re looking at a range of WoodSolutions activities in 2013, including:

  • Growing the range of local and international projects in the case studies on the WoodSolutions website.
  • Expanding the titles in WoodSolutions Technical Design Guides to include more topics directed at architects and engineers.
  • Continuing to deliver free WoodSolutions Tutorials to architects, engineers and other design and building professionals.
  • Presenting more WoodSolutions Seminars, informing and inspiring audiences with outstanding speakers, experts in their fields.
  • Offering a 2013 European Field Tour, with the opportunity for a small group to visit landmark projects and meet some of the people behind them.

We’ll have news and updates about all these activities in future editions of WoodSolutions News.

FREE TUESDAY TUTORIALS IN ST LEONARDS, SYDNEY

It’s not too late to sign up for the first 2013 tutorial. Two fascinating topics - Connections in Timber Structures and How High Can Timber Go? – will be presented on Tuesday Feb 12th at 12.30pm. See the full schedule and RSVP for the FREE monthly Tutorials now.

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WOOD DURABILITY? TRY 7000+ YEARS!

Here's an example of a timber construction that's lasted (under exceptional conditions) for more than 7000 years. That's durability!

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ARCHITECTURE OF NECESSITY 2013 ENTRIES OPEN

Sweden’s Virserum Art Museum runs one of the world’s most interesting design competitions. Entries can be buildings or social and city planning projects of all sizes. Projects must be dated between 2010 and 2013, but do not have to be realised.

Submissions have to fall within the scope of the Architecture of Necessity.

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MICHAEL GREEN TED TALL TIMBER VIDEO

One of the international speakers who have presented at WoodSolutions seminars, Michael Green is an articulate and passionate advocate for the use of heavy timber building systems. He presented this short address at Talent Search >> TED@Vancouver.

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Case Studies

Be inspired and informed by browsing WoodSolutions growing range of case studies. If you have a project you would like to be considered for publication as a Case Study, please contact us.

Seaford Life Saving Club

A beachside structure designed with flair and strict budgetary constraints showcases the rawness and forthrightness of timber, and its beautiful qualities.

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Onepoto Footbridge, Auckland, New Zealand

A bridged walkway whose main visual features are curved timber glue-laminated ribs, geometrically arranged to create an undulating and unfolding sinuous form – reminiscent of fish bones.

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Bainbridge Island House

This stunning house incorporates large Douglas fir sections recovered in 2000 from the submerged hull of a ship that had run aground in fog some 80 years earlier.

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What would you like to see?

Tell us what you’d like to see on WoodSolutions - we’d be delighted to hear from you.

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