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Royal Society Summer Science Exhibition 2019: Timber Towers of Tomorrow

When Jul 01, 2019 11:30 AM to
Jul 07, 2019 06:00 PM
Where The Royal Society, 6-9 Carlton House Terrace, London
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Explore the science and engineering of supertall timber from cells to skyscrapers at the Royal Society Summer Science Exhibition 2019.

Did you know it takes just 4 hours to grow a 300 metre tall timber tower in the sustainable forests of Europe?

To find out many other interesting ideas, and know why these are important, come and visit us at our stand, 'Timber Towers of Tomorrow' at the Royal Society Summer Science Exhibition from 1st to 7th July 2019 (The Royal Society, 6-9 Carlton House Terrace, London, SW1Y 5AG)

Come speak to architects, plant scientists, biochemists, chemists, materials scientists, physicists, mathematicians, and structural engineers who are all working together to develop new natural materials capable of providing sustainable alternatives.

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Cambridge Science Festival 2017 Natural Material Innovation

Come to the Centre for Natural Material Innovation’s hand-built wooden exhibit, and learn how we combine science and architecture to design 300-meter tall skyscrapers from timber! Find out why ‘wood is good’, what makes wood strong, and how to stop wood from burning. We will have on-hand a microscope, images, videos and explanations of the tests, a small experiment showing building ventilation, and renderings of timber skyscrapers we have designed.
When Mar 18, 2017
from 10:00 AM to 04:30 PM
Where Department of Chemistry, Cyber Cafe
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Come to the Centre for Natural Material Innovation’s hand-built wooden exhibit, and learn how we combine science and architecture to design 300-meter tall skyscrapers from timber! 
Find out why ‘wood is good’, what makes wood strong, and how to stop wood from burning.
Our group works from the nanoscale to the scale of buildings on fundamental and applied research in wood. Through biochemistry, materials chemistry, architecture, engineering and mathematics we aim to understand, modify and translate the strength of plants into new materials to realise timber’s potential as a sustainable alternative to concrete and steel.
We will demonstrate four research aspects: understanding how plants support themselves, polymer impregnation of timber, fire, and timber structural engineering. 
1). We will make a model to illustrate natural and mutant plant stems which can be pulled apart by visitors, demonstrating the difference in structural behaviour.
2). Polymer impregnation can stiffen connections, improving performance. We will use cellulose sponges to represent the timber because the changes in the material and its properties can be seen and felt by visitors.
3). Fire is critical for both the engineering and public perception of wooden skyscrapers. We are developing ways of making this engaging without burning anything at the exhibit, including simulated fire and video demonstration the surprising resistance of structural timber to fire.
4). We will demonstrate modern timber structures through the design, engineering and construction of our exhibit stand.

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Cambridge Science Festival 2018 Natural Material innovation

Come to the Centre for Natural Material Innovation’s hand-built wooden exhibit, and learn how we combine science and architecture to design 300-meter tall skyscrapers from timber! Find out why ‘wood is good’, what makes wood strong, and how to stop wood from burning. We will have on-hand a microscope, images, videos and explanations of the tests, a small experiment showing building ventilation, and renderings of timber skyscrapers we have designed.
When Mar 17, 2018
from 10:00 AM to 04:00 PM
Where Department of Chemistry, Cyber Cafe
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Come to the Centre for Natural Material Innovation’s hand-built wooden exhibit, and learn how we combine science and architecture to design 300-meter tall skyscrapers from timber! 

Find out why ‘wood is good’, what makes wood strong, and how to stop wood from burning.

 

Our group works from the nanoscale to the scale of buildings on fundamental and applied research in wood. Through biochemistry, materials chemistry, architecture, engineering and mathematics we aim to understand, modify and translate the strength of plants into new materials to realise timber’s potential as a sustainable alternative to concrete and steel.

 

We will demonstrate four research aspects: understanding how plants support themselves, polymer impregnation of timber, fire, and timber structural engineering. 

1). We will make a model to illustrate natural and mutant plant stems which can be pulled apart by visitors, demonstrating the difference in structural behaviour.

 

2). Polymer impregnation can stiffen connections, improving performance. We will use cellulose sponges to represent the timber because the changes in the material and its properties can be seen and felt by visitors.

 

3). Fire is critical for both the engineering and public perception of wooden skyscrapers. We are developing ways of making this engaging without burning anything at the exhibit, including simulated fire and video demonstration the surprising resistance of structural timber to fire.

 

4). We will demonstrate modern timber structures through the design, engineering and construction of our exhibit stand.

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Festival of Plants

When May 14, 2016
Where Cambridge University Botanic Garden
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The group will participate in the “Festival of Plants” event at the University Botanic Garden, displaying information about our research as well as presenting fascinating experiments using natural materials which all the family can enjoy.

 

 We look forward to seeing you there! 

 

Past Events

Royal Society Summer Science Exhibition 2019: Timber Towers of Tomorrow from Jul 01, 2019 11:30 AM to Jul 07, 2019 06:00 PM The Royal Society, 6-9 Carlton House Terrace, London,
Cambridge Science Festival 2018 Natural Material innovation Mar 17, 2018 from 10:00 AM to 04:00 PM Department of Chemistry, Cyber Cafe,
Come to the Centre for Natural Material Innovation’s hand-built wooden exhibit, and learn how we combine science and architecture to design 300-meter tall skyscrapers from timber! Find out why ‘wood is good’, what makes wood strong, and how to stop wood from burning. We will have on-hand a microscope, images, videos and explanations of the tests, a small experiment showing building ventilation, and renderings of timber skyscrapers we have designed.
Cambridge Science Festival 2017 Natural Material Innovation Mar 18, 2017 from 10:00 AM to 04:30 PM Department of Chemistry, Cyber Cafe ,
Come to the Centre for Natural Material Innovation’s hand-built wooden exhibit, and learn how we combine science and architecture to design 300-meter tall skyscrapers from timber! Find out why ‘wood is good’, what makes wood strong, and how to stop wood from burning. We will have on-hand a microscope, images, videos and explanations of the tests, a small experiment showing building ventilation, and renderings of timber skyscrapers we have designed.
Festival of Plants May 14, 2016 10:10 AM Cambridge University Botanic Garden ,
Tim Hall Rwanda Urban Design & Architecture Lecture May 03, 2016 from 05:30 PM to 07:00 PM

Tim Hall Rwanda Urban Design & Architecture Lecture

When May 03, 2016
from 05:30 PM to 07:00 PM
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Tim Hall Lecture Poster

 

The talk will cover work and research set within the rapidly urbanising and developing city of Kigali.

  • Urban planning of high density housing: which integrates green infrastructure to create cohesive neighbourhoods that respect both the challenging topography and traditional living patterns.

 

  • Piloting of sustainable 'home grown' building technological solutions on projects of various sizes - that increases the capacity of the local building industry whilst contributing to job creation and economic development.


We will show a selection of projects - all interlinked - as part of our agenda to contribute to the sustainable development of Rwanda. 

 

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