Just awarded a grant with collaborators Prof Thomas Tannert (Civil/Wood Sciences UBC), Prof Oliver Neumann (SALA UBC) and Iain Macdonald (CAWP) to research the design and fabrication of large scale timber shell structures using advanced fabrication methods.
I hope this expands the perception of wood in the world to make it the material of choice for curved architectural design. Renewable and easily fabricated with today’s advanced technology. Read more under Research.
TIPSlab has won an AIGA (Re)DesignAward for Sustainable and Socially Responsible Design for their Design Guidelines and Standards for British Columbia’s Electric Vehicle Charging Stations. This work was completed for the Province of British Columbia and BC Hydro under grants from the Provincial and Federal governments.
What does Vancouver want to be when it grows up? A giant green resort for the world’s wealthy of course, chock a block with health inducing goodies such as bike paths, yoga studios and spas. If it has no room for offices or it’s port but that’s ok because it doesn’t need to work, it’s ‘naturally’ gifted.
Completed in research courses led by Oliver Neumann and myself, these projects are designed and then built on site by students. The projects are fabricated with a Hundegger which does 3 dimensional CAD controlled cuts to create exact jointing of timber elements to each other. Tolerances on the timber are mm (not so on the foundations on site!).