Univer­sity col­lab­o­rates with Mu­seum of Old and New Art for Aus­tralian Tim­ber De­sign Work­shop

Australasian Timber - - HEWSAW-DELTA -

THE UNIVER­SITY of Tas­ma­nia’s School of Ar­chi­tec­ture and De­sign will col­lab­o­rate with the Mu­seum of Old and New Art (MONA) for the 2015 Aus­tralian Tim­ber De­sign

Work­shop (ATDW). Dur­ing the ATDW par­tic­i­pants will de­sign, fab­ri­cate and con­struct a pav­il­ion for a Tas­ma­nian pri­mary school.

“This work­shop con­tin­ues the Univer­sity’s long tra­di­tion in ex­cel­lence in tim­ber de­sign and in learn­ing by mak­ing through an ex­cit­ing col­lab­o­ra­tion with MONA,” co-or­gan­iser Dr Jon Shanks said.

The ATDW pro­vides a hands-on learn­ing op­por­tu­nity for those in­ter­ested in the dig­i­tal de­sign and fab­ri­ca­tion process as­so­ci­ated with mass cus­tomised man­u­fac­ture of ar­chi­tec­tural tim­ber struc­tures. The pro­gram specif­i­cally caters to un­der­grad­u­ate ar­chi­tec­ture and en­gi­neer­ing stu­dents and will run from Fe­bru­ary 2 to 13, 2015. “Mul­ti­day learn­ing-by-mak­ing work­shops pro­vide par­tic­i­pants with a unique op­por­tu­nity to work with ex­pe­ri­enced tim­ber de­sign pro­fes­sion­als and make full use of the fan­tas­tic work­shop fa­cil­i­ties avail­able at the Univer­sity in­clud­ing our new 6-axis KUKA ro­bot,” Dr Shanks said.

“The skills par­tic­i­pants learn will be use­ful in ar­chi­tec­tural, en­gi­neer­ing and de­sign prac­tice and are equally rel­e­vant to stu­dents in these or sim­i­lar dis­ci­plines.”

The ATDW has a var­ied and ex­cit­ing pro­gram. Work­shop par­tic­i­pants will de­sign, fab­ri­cate, con­struct and in­stall a live project util­is­ing a range of solid tim­ber and en­gi­neered wood prod­ucts.

Work­shop co-or­gan­iser Ar­chi­tect Peter Booth added that “the beauty of this work­shop is that par­tic­i­pants will be work­ing on a real prob­lem and have to produce a real build­ing for a real com­mu­nity client”. Learn­ing will be through both prac­ti­cal hands-on tasks and on­line. Par­tic­i­pants will have ac­cess to on-line lec­tures and learn­ing re­sources prior to the work­shop. These will pro­vide a back­ground into the de­sign project brief, tim­ber ma­te­rial char­ac­ter­is­tics and prece­dents.

Stu­dents from other uni­ver­si­ties are en­cour­aged to ap­ply through crossin­sti­tu­tional en­rol­ment.

Dr Jon Shanks.

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