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Modular building design

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New timber towers in Trondheim illustrate the growing international demand for modular building design and construction

Population shifts to city living mean housing demand in urban areas is greater than ever and, with limited availability and a consequent rise in the cost of land to build on, the only way is up when it comes to the creation of new residential accommodation. National and local building codes

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Sidewalk Labs – Reflections on the Dream

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Our director, Franco Piva, contributed to two workshops that took place in Toronto in December 2018 and October 2019 to introduce – and help develop – Sidewalk Labs’ concept for a radical new urban development in the city: a whole new district formed from engineered (mass) timber and entitled ‘Waterfront Toronto’. Sadly, this exciting initiative is no more, one of the many property investment casualties of the Covid-19 pandemic that (more…)

Ergodomus: we have news!!

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Way before the emergence of fake news, the proverbial phrase “no news is good news” is believed to have originated with King James I of England who, in 1616, is reputed to have said no news is better than evil news. 

Here at Ergodomus, however, we believe in only providing good news of likely interest to the many construction and property professionals we send our monthly newsletter to. This news item is slightly different, though: we’re giving you advance notice that the next issue of the Ergodomus newsletter will itself be a good news story!

After several years of maintaining the same graphic format, we realised that the work and aspirations of our company had grown considerably and that our newsletter, website and other graphic material now needed to reflect Ergodomus’ wider international spectrum of operation. A lot of time and energy has thus gone into rethinking how other people perceive the skills and experience we have as a company and the resources and services we bring to each project, wherever in the world it may be. 

 

Ergo (!), you will be the first to see our new look and we hope you’ll find it pleasing: a cleaner, fresher image which we feel better represents where we now are as a company – still with the same professional ethos and passion for timber engineering that we’ve had since the company was established in 2007, but now with our online presencestudio Infrastructure reconfigured and expanded to streamline our ability  to deliver innovative solutions to the challenges presented by the fast-changing and exciting global marketplace in which we increasingly find ourselves operating 

 

Many of the projects we are engaged in are planned for construction in distant locations and involve complex logistics and collaboration with an ever-expanding range of outstanding partner professionals with whom excellent regular communication is essential. Our new look is much more than just an upgrade to our existing company image: it represents reassurance to others that Ergodomus not only has tried and tested abilities in timber engineering, but also brings creativity and imagination to the design process. Put simply, our newsletter represents what we are interested in and, we hope, features on things you will be interested in too. Between the lines, we aim to provide an insight into what we believe we do best: it is about the art of timber engineering.  

Robotic Fabrication of Mass Timber Sound Diffusers

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Any discussion of sound control in the context of mass timber has tended to concentrate on noise issues – how well or otherwise these products and systems perform in the reduction of sound transmission. Arguably, much less attention has been afforded to the question of acoustics and the sculptural opportunities for architectural control of sound diffusion that are achievable with mass timber through the use of parametric design and robotic fabrication. Recent work on the room acoustic potentials of cross laminated timber (CLT – supplied by Element5) by Dr. Brady Peters and his team at the John H. Daniels’ Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Design at the University of Toronto hints at exciting ‘sound scattering’ possibilities. Successful further development of this research could well prove to be a game-changer for those involved in the interior design of theatres, recital and concert halls as well as large scale auditoria and who wish to take advantage of the many environmental and constructional benefits offered by engineered timber products.

We visited them in Toronto and their laboratory blew our mind!

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Crisis of the Temporary

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Who was not astonished when China first announced it intended to build a fully-functional hospital in Wuhan in the space of a week in response to the Corona virus crisis – and then actually delivered it and had it up and running almost immediately construction was completed? Of course, the particular circumstances of that country’s centralised economy made it possible to mobilise its industry to deliver and assemble, in volumetric form, the modular elements of the huge building, but the achievement was, nonetheless, remarkable. It, and other versions of the hospital used elsewhere, have since been dismantled (and presumably repurposed for other uses), the immediate pressure on available hospital beds and ventilators having now been much reduced.

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