Architectural Theory Review
Timber Architecture -- History and Criticism
This issue of Architectural Theory Review proposes an alternative intellectual history of timber architecture. It foregrounds the relationships that tie the natural resource to the cultural artefact, its processing into construction material and, with it, the production of associated disciplinary expertise. The essays explore the spatial and symbolic possibilities of timber in historical and contemporary discourse by highlighting its simultaneity as cultural artefact, material commodity, environmental resource, and structural element. Thus, the material’s appearance and representation are positioned within perennial oscillations between globalism and locality, natural and man-made, industry and craft, innovation and tradition, material and ideology, modernity and anachronism.
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Laila Seewang & Irina Davidovici (2021) Timber Constructed: Towards an Alternative Material History, Architectural Theory Review, 25:1-2, 1-6, DOI: 10.1080/13264826.2021.1981025