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Arthur Trieu (Y4) - Resilient Vernacular Arising from Technology Transfer

Rebecca Sawcer (Y4) - Home-Grown Housing

This research project argues for a re-thinking of post-seismic reconstruction and repair in historical buildings. Many heritage sites in the world have sustained intense earthquakes with substantially minor damage. All these structures’ resilience was owed to traditional construction techniques and materials, namely masonry and/or timber. Learning from these, the design develops around an anti-seismic architecture by recovering ancient durable and proven building methods, in order to preserve vulnerable heritage devoid of earthquakeresistant construction.

It is my hypothesis that the rationalization and development of the UK timber industry would provide an ideal solution to the country’s impending housing crisis. The reasons behind the underutilization of timber within UK construction are considered and the rationale behind the pessimistic attitude, which has led to a nationwide aversion to an otherwise global industry, is addressed. I argue that the utilization of modern engineered timber products, manufactured from home-grown timber, provides a sustainable solution to the housing shortage, that could regenerate our deteriorating city fringes and avoid the current reliance on imports.A marked change in the prevailing public attitude towards wood needs to occur in order to kick-start the timber industry into making the investment required in both craft and engineered products. By understanding the historical perspective of the current predicament in the timber industry it is possible to produce the sea change in construction material usage that would enable a timber based sustainable solution to urban housing issues. My accompanying design work utilizes cross-laminated timber construction for urban residential schemes, to create a specific architectural language that stems from the advantages, and addresses the drawbacks, of the material; avoiding the tendency to mimic standard concrete and steel blocks, thereby creating an awareness and demand for these products.

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ArcSoc Summer Exhibition 2015 : University of Cambridge  

Arcsoc is proud to present the annual Architecture Summer Show, the culmination of a year’s design work in the Cambridge studios. We are bri...

ArcSoc Summer Exhibition 2015 : University of Cambridge  

Arcsoc is proud to present the annual Architecture Summer Show, the culmination of a year’s design work in the Cambridge studios. We are bri...

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