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Circular Tectonics: Towards ecological continuity, -means, - relations, strategies and -innovation in architectural practice  


Marie Frier Hvejsel

Department of Architecture, Design & Media Technology, Aalborg University

Aalborg, Denmark 

Anne Beim

The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Artsm School of Architecture, CINARK

Kobenhavn, Denmark

The notion of 'tectonics' has been developed and applied throughout architectural history as a critical means through which to position the discipline in its context; the societal, technological as well as the physical. Today the complexity of contextual relations and challenges that govern architecture are multiplying and governed by an ever more present call for a viable, ecological, and human development of the built environment. With the title 'Circular Tectonics', this mini-symposium investigates the potential of tectonic architectural theory and method for arriving at ecological continuity, -means, -relations, -strategies and -innovation in architectural practice. Hence, we invite critical contributions that discuss, develop, and apply tectonics related questions such as 'design for disassembly', 're- and upcycling', 'life cycle scenarios', 'transformation versus preservation', etc.

Novel approaches to experimental design and production of Timber- and Bio-based structures and architecture  

Andreas Falk

KTH Royal Institute of Technology

Stockholm, Sweden 

With the development of tools and procedures for design and production, and the interlinking of these tools for enhanced compatibility and overall performance, timber is currently revealing a big potential in structures and architecture. Not only is this demonstrated in the already seen high-risers but also in the increased application for complicated and or complex geometries and new typologies. This mini-symposium aims at presenting and discussing experiences of this potential and how it can be released and developed as a resource efficient, environmentally benign form of construction enabling sustainable buildings both low-cost and unique ones. 

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