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Re-Imagining Wood Challenge

Re-Imagining Wood

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  • Wood structures are often perceived as being vulnerable to damage by fire.  However, due to the process of turning the exterior of timbers to insulating charred material, large members often survive quite well in structure fires.  This allows the building to stand longer, facilitating escape, rescue, and salvage of the structure or at least the materials.   The problem is that this is not well understood or incorporate…
    Involute is a continuing research project that leverages the natural morphologies of wood derived from internal material capacities and antistropic and hydroscopic behaviors. The computational morphogenesis would be situated on the interrelationships between wood as a natural material, manufacturing constraints, and logics of assembly. Our localized approach to wood bending interlinked with a global assembly system creates a …
    My concept is to use the wood from old furniture to create a big wooden box that fits on the roof of your house no matter if it is inclined also.The wooden box is filled with soil and plants and grass are planted in it.This will act as a natural cooler and keeps your house cool and help you save energy bill as well.In the initial stages wood as it is having the ability to absorb moisture it will provide ideal conditions for t…
    Edward Denison and Richard Cawthray published a book The Big Book of Packaging Prototypes that is the inspiration of this submittal.  With new methods of binding and seaming plywood and wood composites typical of flat panel materials, we can design and build for ease of assembly and transport as well as design for disassembly.  This way, temporary shelters can actually be something of aesthetic AND functional value that pla…
    This work is developing an innovative line of Hollow Structural Wood (HSW) building products, and promoting there applications. The first in the line is the Laminated Veneer Cylinder (LVC), constructed by bonding wood veneers in layers with alternating fibre orientation. Please see attachment “three easy lessons” for an 11″x17″ PDF poster of the concept. This seemed to be the easiest way to arrange ima…
    I started my research by looking into how petrified wood is naturally made. My goal was to create a petrified treated wood. After my initial research, I wanted to see if I could replicate the process and make it economical viable. I start with the softest wood I could find. I also purchased a silica based clay to create a slurry. I began the process by boiling the soft wood in water. This not only makes the wood soft, it…
    I have been a wood worker my entire life, from the early days of a child in my fathers wood shop learning all that I could about wood and its properties, to present where I am constantly trying to push the boundaries and perceptions of what wood is and can be. I wanted to break the perception that wood is a rigid and solid material and some how push it into a flexible and soft state. It took numerous attempts with various spe…
    With over half the world’s population already living in an urban environment, and another two billion expected to join them in the next 30 years in response to socio-economic circumstances and population growth, urbanization offers a multitude of challenges and opportunities for human and ecosystem welfare.   A key topic is maintaining and improving human health in such complex environments, which struggle with water s…
    The Stoop is made of wood waste from a deconstructed home. Deconstruction wood waste is commonly seen as undesirable due to its small dimensionality and imperfect condition. These typically negative attributes were used to drive the design in both form and function. The Stoop provides a social space that is adaptable to the user by having sliding tables that separate and open up the space depending on its function. The design…
    Wood is one of the most commonly used materials across all kinds of industry, especially building, manufacture, transport and packaging. Huge amounts of wood are used once and then thrown away, despite the fact that it is still perfectly re-usable. This project reuse and recycle small pieces of wood to build a playground for children. Offering and allowing the user to play, while performs, from simple movements to complex mot…
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