TECHNE 16 (2018): Matter is design
Essays and Viewpoint

Two timber construction models: tradition without innovation or innovation without tradition?

Paola Boarin
School of Architecture and Planning, Faculty of Creative Arts and Industries, University of Auckland, Nuova Zelanda
Marta Calzolari
Dipartimento di Architettura, Centro Ricerche Architettura>Energia, Università degli Studi di Ferrara, Italia
Pietromaria Davoli
Dipartimento di Architettura, Centro Ricerche Architettura>Energia, Università degli Studi di Ferrara, Italia
TECHNE 16 (2018): Matter is design
Published April 9, 2018
Keywords
  • Technological culture of design,
  • Established construction procedures,
  • Technological innovation,
  • Light prefabrication
How to Cite
Boarin, P., Calzolari, M., & Davoli, P. (2018). Two timber construction models: tradition without innovation or innovation without tradition?. TECHNE - Journal of Technology for Architecture and Environment, 16, 68-78. https://doi.org/10.13128/Techne-23002

Abstract

This paper evaluates the influence of timber construction on architectural design through a critical analysis and comparison between two environmental and building contexts that are culturally and geographically different from one another:  the experience of the former British colonies, represented by New Zealand, and the Mediterranean one, described by Italy. This comparison moves through the investigation on three themes: the cultural value of the construction process; the performance realm (environmental, energy and seismic ones as firsts); the design dimension. The contribution underlines divergences and similarities of the technological culture of design in two countries that share similar requirements regarding post-earthquake reconstruction.

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