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Working Group 12: Timber and Bio-based Spatial Structures

Mission

To disseminate state-of-the-art information on the structural design and architecture of timber spatial structures and promote their use as an environmentally benign form of construction.

Background

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Current Objectives

  1. To propose a special issue of the Journal of the IASS on "Bio-based and Bio-Inspired Environmentally Compatible Structures."
  2. To develop a web-based archive of timber spatial structures and timber technology on the WG12 area of the IASS website
  3. To publish a state-of-the-art report on the structural design and architecture of timber spatial structures.
  4. To expand the membership of the group interested in timber grids (single layer, double layer, reciprocal frame, lamella); shells; grid shells; domes and vaults; bridges; innovative timber-based materials; engineered timber; joints; bamboo structures; historic and high-rise timber structures.

Recent Activities

  •  Organized a double special session on "Computer-aided Design of Timber Structures" for the IASS Symposium 2013 in Wroclaw with 10 papers (organizer Dr. Andreas Falk).
  • Organized a special session on "The potential of reduced environmental footprint through timber spatial structures" for the IASS Symposium 2014 in Brasilia with 5 papers (organizer Dr. Andreas Falk).
  • Dr Andreas Falk, Royal Inst. of Technology KTH, together with Professor Norihide Imagawa, Tokyo Denki University, organized a joint colloquium of WG12 and WG18 on "Bio-based and Bio-Inspired Environmentally Compatible Structures" at Tokyo Denki University, Tokyo, April 10-13. 2015.
  • Dr. Falk also organized a special session on "Timber and bio-based design of visionary structures and systems" for the IASS Symposium 2015 in Amsterdam.
  • Most recently, Dr. Falk organized a special session on the theme "From design to production of timber- and bio-based spatial structures" for the IASS Symposium 2016 in Tokyo.

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Membership

All current members of the Working Group are members of the IASS. The Working Group welcomes additional members who have an interest in the mission and objectives of the group; those IASS members interested should please contact one of the Chairs of the Working Group (Find e-mail addresses in the IASS Directory by logging in).

  • Dr. Andreas FALK (Chair) - Sweden
  • Prof. Dr. Minjuan HE (Co-Chair) - China

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