Cortical Concepts: Advanced Membranes For The Timber Age – Innovative Façades For Multi-Storey Timber Buildings

To an extent, the architecture of each era is dictated by the material context prevalent at the time. Architecture’s Steel Age gave way to its Concrete Age, which is now giving way to the newfangled Timber Age. As has historically been the case, however, materially trailblazing schemes such as the latest multi-storey timber buildings tend to hide their pioneering materiality behind thin veils that make them look as if they were constructed using a more traditional (and therefore palatable to traditionalists) material palette. The authors argue that the large-scale timber façade holds the key to communicating the benefits of the multi-storey wooden buildings that will define the current Timber Age and carry it into the near future: such…

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