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Innovating the Joint: Connectivity Strategies for Higher Functionality in Architectural Design


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Jointing and connectivity strategies in timber construction have evolved over thousands of years, through the development of the first hand tools to contemporary digital fabrication techniques. While the complexity of these joints has increased, they remain largely the result of geometric boolean operations, resolving intersections between elements without significant additional contribution to the performance of the overall structure. Based on the functionality of joints found in natural systems, this research explores Fingers Crossed, a case study where an innovative joinery solution was used to generate higher-level functionality in a pavilion-scale construction.
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Keywords: biomimicry; digital fabrication; joinery; material systems; timber structures

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: Architectural Association School of Architecture 36 Bedford Square, London WC1B 3ES, United Kingdom, Email: [email protected]

Publication date: August 20, 2015

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