Blank: Speculations on CLT

By Jennifer Bonner & Hanif Kara

This book weaves a much needed and transformational narrative about making architecture through paying close attention to cross-laminated timber (CLT) as a material for today. The material becomes the site of experimentation, innovation, and research in search of specific meanings of CLT in architecture at various scales by selecting the "CLT Blank" as the building unit. The structure of the book brings together work and texts from a diverse group of theorists and practitioners, who make material central to their inquiry, to suggest design approaches that will broaden the cultural, spatial, and technological significance for architecture, education, engineering, and industry. The potential to see the spatial properties of its use and what kind of world that might suggest is shown in the book, with selected striking visual materials, to reposition its architecture though new forms of representation and responses that continue to stay in touch with pragmatics. Aesthetics of CLT with a connection to wood and art practice is a central thread though the book.

San Rafael, 2022, 28 x 20 cm, 240pp, illustrated, Hardback.

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