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  • Humans, who have worked with wood in many different ways for millennia, continue to explore new possibilities today using fractal geometry and sophisticated software. A true high tech material, wood fuses like metal; it is bent and pleated, braided with suppleness and curved gently into ribbed shells in the expert hands of EPFL’s Timber Construction Laboratory (IBOIS), directed by Yves Weinand.

    Timber Project New architectural forms in wood

    Exhibition project of Archizoom and the IBOIS lab at EPFL.

  • section. Research and teaching, presented in an in-depth manner in the “Timber Project” exhibit, focus on issues surrounding the tangible realization of complex forms and free- form surfaces. IBOIS aims to provide construction solutions that can be successfully disseminated throughout a construction market, meaning that the realization of non-conventional structures at a reasonable cost must be possible. �������� ���� �� �� specialized IT tools appears increasingly necessary. Our research focuses on developing and combining software at various different levels, from generating complex shapes to controlling and sizing � ��������� ��������������� operating computerized numerical control machines (CNCs).

    People think of wood as a “traditional material”, which is advantageous for legitimizing advanced research into complex

    shapes and free-form surfaces. Taking an interest in complex geometries from a (timber) construction point of view, and not just a morphogenic point of view, can signify taking a critical step back from blob architecture’s “stylized mode” phenomena.

    Many recent buildings designed in the formalized mode of Blob Architecture demonstrate a complete lack of awareness or disregard for sustainability issues, either in the choice of construction materials, or � ��������� ������������� � their energy requirements and the high cost of material handling. In contrast, timber construction has a promising future in the face of global sustainable development challenges.

    But these challenges also involve the question of architectural form. How can we incorporate a formal and technological process of innovation into the long- term goals of sustainability? Renewing construction

    techniques and formal repertoire related to the use ��������������������� � the “traditional” values of timber construction, can contribute to encouraging an increase in the use of wood in acontemporary construction.

    What is the relationship between “pure” and “applied” (or even “curiosity- driven” and “problem- oriented”) research in the ��������� ������ � ���� � and architecture? What is the relationship between ����� �� ��� ����� ��� ���� architectural research and project work as “artistic practice”? IBOIS’ goal as a research center is to be a laboratory where experimentation is practiced in order to achieve the tangible production of new structural forms.

    Yves Weinand

    The “Timber Project” exhibit presents current research in timber construction, where interdisciplinar sity – in this case, between civil engineering, architecture, mathematics, and computer science – provides a breath of fresh air and a surge of new inspiration. This research, whose timing coincides with current environmental and ecological concerns, is leading to innovative construction solutions that

    � ������� �� ����������� �� are economically viable – a new architecture of wood.

    Research conducted in EPFL’s Laboratory for Timber Constructions (IBOIS) explores in depth the relationship between engineering sciences and architecture, using wood as a construction material. IBOIS is in the Institute of Civil Engineering in EPFL’s School of Architecture, Civil and Environmental Engineering, and interfaces with architecture via a studio at the Master’s level in the school’s Architecture

  • rental condition

  • Offer:

    Offer enclose (see object list): - 1 “table” presenting 5 researches, variable - 1 table for small models and origami, format 250 x 250 cm - 6 medium prototypes, format 80 x 200 cm - 2 large protoypes, format 400 x 400 cm ������������ ����� ������� ����� ���������������!���� �������� - 4 thesis - Publications by Yves Weinand and IBOIS lab

    Global offer: - Adoption of the exhibition (excluding costs for transport, insurance, installations, loan contracts, expenses of the curators)

    CHF 14’000.- (€ 10’000)

    Responsibilities and obligations: - The title of the exhibition must not be altered. - The curator/producers (Fred Hatt, Yves Weinand and Cyril Veillon) must be mentioned in connection with the communication/PR of the exhibition. - The curator/producers (Fred Hatt, Yves Weinand and Cyril Veillon) must be � ����������������� � ���������"������� �# ���������$� ���� �������%& - Archizoom EPFL must be mentioned as the producer of the exhibition in connection with the communication/PR of the exhibition. - Changes in the disposition of the exhibition must only be made with consent from the curator. ��'������� ���� �������� � ���� ���������������� ��������� � ����� ���� ���� �

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    Transport Transport doesn’t need a specialised art transport company.

    Insurrance value: CHF 200’000.- (€ 145’000)

    Requirements for Exhibition Installation:

    Space demand ca. 200 to 300 square meters (can be adapted to particular conditions)

    Devices One DVD player with a beamer or a monitor.

    Presentation '���� ��������� ����*�����������&�+����*������������������ ������������������!� the curator, for three days.

    The crates for transport are used as the stands for the prototypes. No additional stand or table needed.

    The exhibition table presenting the researches is lit from inside. The exhibition table needs a plug with 220 volts. The prototypes and models need additional spot lights (not included in the exhibition material, to be provided by the borrower).

    Publication 7����$�������

    ���� �� ������"������� ������������"��������� ��������������� Lorette Coen and Professor Yves Weinand. Texts exist in French and English. To be printed by the borrower.

    Postcards Archizoom has issued 4 motifs as postcards. The postcards can be obtained form Archizoom EPFL.

    Books The borrower might order books by Yves Weinand and the IBOIS lab.

  • Crates detail:

    Nom Length (cm) Width (cm) Height (cm) Volume (m3) Weight (kg)

    Origami 1 193 51 78 0.8 76

    Origami 2 270 54 44 0.6 82

    Eléments table 1/5 254 125 104 3.3 309

    Eléments table 2/5 244 125 99 3.0 285

    Eléments table 3/5 260 125 66 2.1 228

    Eléments table 4/5 270 125 94 3.2 295

    Eléments table 5/5 254 125 94 3.0 286

    Tissage du bois 1 185 60 79 0.9 59

    Tissage du bois 2 95 36 79 0.3 35

    Tissage du bois 3 185 60 82 0.9 59

    Tissage du bois 4 450 210 75 7.1 570

    =�*�������������!� ������ 160 45 79 0.6 75

    Maquettes tours 90 48 95 0.4 38

    Géométrie fractale 95 36 79 0.3 31

    Pancartes surface table 110 78 52 0.4 105

    Pieds de table-visserie 140 24 38 0.1 31

    Table 225 15 134 0.5 147

    Coque 1/2 360 150 103 5.6 333

    Coque 2/2 360 150 103 5.6 351

    Total 38.6 3395

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  • PARCOURS

    Génération Europan : MUZ, VBNB et Schön Fait

    RÉALISATIONS

    BNR Cartignies-Canonica X-TU SANAA

    DOSSIER Réhabilitation des HLM : inventer plutôt que rénover

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  • Le bois redevient attractif, vertueux, propre à la modernité.

    30 D’ARCHITECTURES 190 - AVRIL 10

    Entre tradition et modernité, le bois s’impose en 2010 comme le matériau incontournable des chantiers du développement durable. Matériau de la charpente clas- sique associé à l’image du chalet alpin, ou composant exclusif d’un mode constructif standardisé incontour- nable en Amérique du Nord, le bois était peu à peu sorti du doma

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