Course's description
Contents and objectives
Course Organisation

Course's description
Contents and objectives
Course Organisation

Course's description
Contents and objectives
Course Organisation

Architecture and Reality
in the Quantum Era
Specialisation in Historical Analyses, Survey of Architectural Heritage,
Architectural Restoration
Architecture in Wood: design, construction, restoration

Course's description

 

At the presidency of the Libera Università delle Arti in Bologna, the University Course “Architecture in Wood: design, construction, restoration” has been organised and activated.
The course is designed like a traditional program with multiple academic training. The teaching structure consists of an IRT (integrated research team) type programme.
Administrative offices of the University Course is L.UN.A., in via D’Azeglio 33, Bologna; classrooms and lessons will also take place in via D’Azeglio 33.
Course Director is Prof. Dario Apollonio;
Scientific Director is Prof. Giuseppe Di Stefano.
Coordiation: Prof. Silvana Sermisoni
The course program will introduce participants to knowledge of technological, compositional and design processes that are specific to timber buildings, integrating this knowledge with historical, cultural, sociological and naturalistic notions, which form the required background for designers of wooden structures.
Students and young professionals who participate will be offered the opportunity to enter an intensive “research study” that will encourage critical thinking in the sphere of complex contemporary themes of analyses and a proposal of preservation and valorisation of architectural heritage. The program has been devised as a “framework”, an articulated structure, in which academic, professional, technical, technological and legal questions relating to timber buildings will be explored.

The objective of the course is to develop deeper knowledge of wood, the study of existing techniques and technologies connected to understanding and realising new wood structures and restoring existing structures. Participation in workshops will allow students to apply and independently elaborate the notions acquired during lessons, applying these to proposed project case studies. Finally, visiting professors will consent debate with various realities that are active on the market of structural wood, both from a technical and commercial point of view.
Contents

Here are the program details:

BUILDING IN TIMBER: CULTURE AND CONSTRUCTION TECHNIQUES
• The culture of building in wood. Wood and sustainability.
• Principles of wood technology. Sustainability in the forest sector. Italian forestry today.
• Short production chain processes. Species of wood.
• New structures in wood: materials and products of structural use.

TECHNICAL NORMS FOR CONSTRUCTION IN TIMBER

• The current legal situation in Italy
• European law: Eurocode 5
• Qualification, marking and certification
• Designing durability

CALCULATION REGULATIONS (EC5)
• Mechanical characteristics of the material
• Ultimate Limit State
• Compressed elements and those subject to combined compressive and bending stress: stability of beams
• Mechanical unions
• Axial capacity (extractions) of union methods with cylindrical shank
• Limit States of exercise
• Examples of calculus (ceilings, beams, solid wood panels with crossed layers, use in walls)

PARTICULAR ASPECTS ASSOCIATED TO PROJECT DESIGN
• Movement of wood
• Solid or sheet wood?
• Industrial products
• The characteristics of gluing techniques
• Orthogonal traction resistance to wood-fiber, viscosity and deferred deformation
• Deformability of joints
• Load in timber structures
• Dimensional variation in curved timber elements and degradation due to water
• Design in wood in seismic areas
• Protection against fire of timber structures

ENERGETIC EFFICIENCY AND COMFORT OF TIMBER BUILDINGS
• Thermal insulation
• Permeability and endurance in the air
• Acoustic insulation
• Criteria and general purpose of plant design
• Applicable plant design technology
• Wood and electrical safety
• Energetic protocol and certification

INTEGRATED SYSTEMS AND SUSTAINIBLITY IN TIMBER BUILDINGS
• Technological integration and sustainability of building process
• Design for integrated systems
• Knots and criticalities in timber buildings
• Internal finishing: materials and applicable solutions
• Items in technical documents for the design of timber buildings

ASPECTS CONNECTED TO ASSEMBLY AND SAFETY

• Safety in building sites with timber buildings
• Design of buildings that can be dismantled

CONSOLIDATION OF EXISTING STRUCTURES
• Preservation of existing buildings
• Principle causes of instability
• General and detailed survey of timber structures
• Generalities on intervention techniques
• Intervention on trusses consolidation of ceilings
• Reconstruction of beam heads
• Consolidation of particular structures
• Maintenance and control over time

One lecture (3 hours) and one workshop (6 hours) per week, for a total of 9 hours, over a period of five months.
Simultaneously a virtual page will be generated where enrolments will e collected and this will be used as another window for communication of reflection linked to project development in real time, to introduce and expand lectures, to update students on topics that would otherwise be impossible to propose.
The website will also contain a database of surveys and projects proposed by the work group.
TIMETABLE: from 2pm to 5pm for lectures and from 3pm to 9pm for workshops.
At other times technical disciplines and optional in-depth analyses will be made available to participants aimed at integrating further competences based on personal needs.
Examples: advanced cad, three-dimensional blow moulds, 3d printing and laser cutting (with technologies available in L.UN.A. laboratories), advanced information technology for robotic and management of web orientated information, and more).
Once or twice a month chosen guests will give lectures on the aforementioned subjects (specialised designers, forest technicians, businesses which supply technology and materials, public administrators). These might be held at any location and at any time.
Course Organisation