In collaboration with the Robotic Construction Lab at Cornell University This project investigates a new method of timber construction, exploiting contemporary modes of digital fabrication and robotics. With the precision of a robotic arm, fallen timber can be processed, subdivided into units across its length, and sheared at any angle with extreme precision. This flexibility allows the section cuts from a uniformly straight alignment to be reconstructed as an infinite number of finite, compound curvatures. Inspired by Noguchi’s stone sculptures, this method of construction transforms any preconceived notions of wood and how the material behaves or appears to behave in the traditions of architectural history. This procedure has the potential to produce endless variants, while creating very little waste in the process. The irregular or forking sections of the tree are then used to branch the system and join multiple curvatures. Used primarily in compression, these curves then become the structural basis for a new architecture; an architecture capable of producing radical spatial configurations and relationships.
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