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In light of environmental challenges architecture is facing, wood is no longer regarded as outmoded, nostalgic, and rooted in the past, but increasingly recognized as one of the most promising building materials for the future. Recent years have seen unprecedented innovation of new technologies for advancing wood architecture.

The Advancing Wood Architecture Symposium offered a comprehensive overview of the new architectural possibilities that are enabled by cutting-edge computational technologies in wood construction. It provided both an overarching architectural understanding and in-depth technological information through built projects and works of four leading design research groups in Europe. It showcased the latest technological developments in design computation, simulation and digital fabrication together with an architectural perspective, offering an outlook towards novel spatial, constructional, and fabricational opportunities of a material with unrivalled ecological virtues.

We felt excited and honored about the large amount of interest for the symposium, and we thank everyone who was involved in making it a success. If you are interested in the topic, stay tuned for more information that will be published soon.

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Print Matthias Kohler
ETH Zürich
Gramazio Kohler Research
Print Yves Weinand
IBOIS EPFL Lausanne
Laboratory for Timber Construction
Martin Self
Design & Make Hooke Park
Architectural Association London
Print Achim Menges
ICD University of Stuttgart
Institute for Computational Design

Introduction and Moderation by:

Print Axel Kilian
Princeton University
School of Architecture

Roundtable Discussion with:

Johan Bettum
SAC Staedelschule
Frankfurt

Presented Projects include:

Arch-Tec-Lab Building
Gramazio Kohler Research
Timber Fabric Structures
IBOIS EPFL Lausanne
Timber Seasoning Shelter
Design & Make Hooke Park
Laga Exhibition Hall
ICD University of Stuttgart

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