Touching Cellulose

Next generation of wood architecture. Architecture and the building industry are in need of a paradigm shift, due to the growing awareness of their huge contribution to global climate change and ongoing depletion of mineral resources. In order to counter carbon emissions and sourcing building material sustainably, future design and construction is unthinkable without a massive use of timber, the only structural building material that stores carbon while it grows in our forests! The introduction of mass timber at the end of the 20th century as an alternative to concrete and steel was already a huge innovation for the construction industry. Now it is time for the next generation of wood architecture in which computer aided design and robotic manufacturing go hand in hand with a revival of craftsmanship and wood building culture.

This year Touching Cellulose is a two part online series launched on 23 April 2021. These lectures, which are found online on the Touching Cellulose website, include speakers like Fabio Gramazio and Pablo van der Lugt. For the second part, 13-22 September 2021, we are hosting online seminars that are open to the public and an international design workshop for registered students.