Materials for Architecture 2018 to explore the latest innovations for the ‘timber age’

The latest advances in timber products are a strong focus throughout Materials for Architecture 2018, the event dedicated to innovation in the development and specification of materials for architecture, construction, and design

One of the construction industry’s oldest materials, wood has recently been making waves with cutting-edge methods and technologies, and aspirational projects around the globe. The Materials for Architecture 2018 conference programme will showcase recent advances made in the use of timber and wood-derived products.

Kevin Flanagan, partner at PLP Architecture, will speak alongside Dr Mark Ramage, senior lecturer at the University of Cambridge’s Centre for Natural Material Innovation, on the concept for a 300 metre-high timber tower for London’s Barbican – Oakwood Tower.

Jasmin Sohi, senior associate at dRMM, will discuss the use of hardwood cross-laminated timber (CLT) and engineered timber in dRMM’s multi award-winning project – Maggie’s Oldham.

Plus, Dr Hector Archila, CEO of Amphibia BASE, will demystify the use of bamboo in construction with his talk, Bamboo: beyond the hype.

As well as thought-provoking presentations, timber-based materials are expected to appear across the event’s exhibition, materials galleries, CPD seminars, and evening reception.

The event is proud to be partnered with the Confederation of Timber IndustriesTimber Trade Federation and Wood for Good, all of whom are active, thought-leading associations dedicated to supporting and encouraging the construction industry to specify timber.

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