Growing Bridge - Construction methods with naturally grown timber© Kevin Moreno Gata
Master's course Architekture research
Traditional timber structures are typically built using partially processed workpieces that feature simple geometries and basic shapes. However, the original material – naturally grown timber – possesses unique mechanical properties that can be easily integrated into architectural structures. By milling and combining these elements with the appropriate tools and skills, it is possible to create a self-supporting structure that fully leverages the inherent strengths of the material. The objective of this project is to conduct a constructive demonstration by utilizing harvested wood from the Aachen forest.
To achieve this goal, we will first analyze the elements and digitize them using 3D scanning technology. Based on the results of the analysis and digitization, we will design an execution plan that takes into account the unique properties of the wood material. Once the plan is finalized, we will use CNC technology to manufacture the construction elements. After that the final structure will be assembled during the summer of
This project is supported by the foresters of Aachen.
Basic knowledge of Rhino and Grasshopper and CNC.
Completion of the basic training in Manulab.© Kevin Moreno Gata
- Understand the growth and resistance of wood grown in trees.
- Understand wood fabrication and construction tasks.
- CAD design from acquired wood
- Construction assembly
- Project management
- Communication management
- Technical problem-solving.
Start: on Thursday 6.04 at 14h. in the Chair of Structures
Dates: Thursdays 15:00-18:00 Flexible
Final submission/exam: September 2023
Participants: Master students
Points: 6 CP (3CP for M.Sc. Construction and Robotics)