June 7th 2011

Hooke Park Summer school inviting applications

The Architectural Association’s new construction programme of building projects at Hooke Park, its woodland site in Dorset, starts for the first time this summer with the first course running july 11th thru’ 15th. Applicants are invited to join a team to work alongside timber-framing experts during the academic summer break.

This 5 – 10 week residential programme is open to architecture students and young professionals, and those from other related backgrounds, who seek hands-on experience of large-scale timber fabrication and construction in a rural environment. The summer build is led by Charley Brentnall with students from the AA Design & Make programme also forming part of the team. Further information from the AA

April 14th 2010

London’s Building Centre Wood Seminar on current crop of timber BSF projects

London’s Building Centre are running a morning seminar on the 23rd April on various current Building Schools for the Future programme which use timber as a core part of their design. Begins 9.00, free but booking required. Schools being focused on are,  St Luke’s CE School Wolverhampton, the Primary Academy, Lauriston Primary School, Hackney, The Hub, University of York, Teddington School, Middlesex Open Academy, Norwich and confirmed speakers include, Architypes Jonathan Hines, Tim Marcot from Price and Myers,Ramboll’s, Simon Smith, with Marcus Fischer from Finnforest Merk and the UK’s KLH supremo Karl Heinz Weiss, heading up the list.

March 30th 2010

Danish wood pow-wow in Copenhagen – April 19th 2010

We’ve been sent this info about a wood symposium put together  by Copenhagen’s Architecture School. Titled ‘Wood for Good’ (surely I’ve heard that phrase somewhere else?) there seem to be a heavy quotient of Brits speaking considering this is Scandinavia. Still Arne Eggen and others are also participants, so it will be interesting to see what comes out of this seminar in the least wood-oriented of the Nordic countries.

20th March 2010

Scottish Bretstapel website stokes Massive timber feeding frenzy north of the border

Sam Foster of the  Gaia Architects Network (Edinburgh node) has sent word that he and two architectural chums, Matt Bridgestock and James Henderson, have set up a Brettstapel focused website Although focused on Scottish examples – such as they are – and context the site also provides useful info on Brettstapel’s history and detail on approaches to prefabrication, technical benefits and how Brettstapel fits with massive timber.

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