When the members of the network visit each other, a seminar is held at each venue. This seminar focuses on the area in which the host specialises.
‘Finnish Aalto University has over 20 years’ experience making full-scale wood prototypes together with students. In Canada they also have a special approach to design-build, which is of great interest to us. Here at Aarhus School of Architecture, we have progressed far in robotic fabrication. This means the members of the network have different things to contribute’, says Anders Kruse Aagaard, assistant professor at Aarhus School of Architecture. He continues:
‘Wood architecture is generally an area that is developing rapidly. In Denmark, wood is, of course, not the primary building material. But this might change. Wood is a sustainable building material. Which is why it’s essential that, through research, we understand how we can make the most of the potential of wood.
The two researchers are currently working on applying robotics technology to wood processing in the research project Material Imagination, which is also where the idea for the network originated.
‘We hope the network will yield new research projects. But, in any case, I think it is good for us to activate our knowledge from Material Imagination in an international context. This will certainly provide us with new perspectives on the area,’ says Niels Martin Larsen.
The Arctic Wood Architecture Network members will be meeting for the first time in the autumn of 2020 – at Aarhus School of Architecture.