Constructing Correctly in Wood: New Insights into Timber Technology Approaches Through Purist and Liberalist Schools of Thought

  • Gabriel TangEmail author
  • John Chilton
Part of the Lecture Notes in Civil Engineering book series (LNCE, volume 24)


Conventionally, technology-based articles focus on methods by which architects and engineers designed and built to present new methods, materials to evidence novelty in technical terms. This paper does not do that. Instead, through a current overview of past and present timber practices, it will present a new cultural perspective by looking at timber technology from purist and liberalist approaches. Indicating a moralistic sensibility of what “constructing correctly” in wood means to them, with these two attitudes implying inherent values, this paper seeks to project a new cultural dimension on technology. More importantly, the approaches convincingly reflects our relationship with digital technology, as timber culture and tradition come to terms with the inevitability of the digital age.


Complex timber structures CNC and woodworking technology Wood design History of representation in wood design Timber gridshells Wooden architectures and timber structures survey 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of the Natural and Built EnvironmentSheffield Hallam UniversitySheffieldUK
  2. 2.Department of Architecture and Built EnvironmentThe University of NottinghamNottinghamUK

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