Thu 7 Nov 2019, 6.30–8pm
Cass Research Seminars:


Room GSG-15
The Cass School of Art, Architecture and Design
London E1 7TP

Cass Research Seminar Timber

Image credit: 2nd year undergraduate architecture students, 1:1 making workshop, 2019

The video of the Timber Cass Research Seminar is now available online here.

Two presentations on the topic of timber.

George Fereday's research explores the use of domestically grown timber in the UK built environment. He investigates the territories between forestry practice, the rural economy and the timber building industry in Britain whilst promoting new architectural uses for overlooked domestic tree species. This research informs George's undergraduate teaching practice through applied structural timber prototypes at the 1:1 scale.

Jez Ralph, of Timber Strategies is interested in bridging the gap between forestry and end-use with a focus on innovation, localised solutions and distributed digital manufacturing. He also has a sideline in landscape-scale forestry and future land-use. He has been involved in the Evolving the Forest programme and also in lecturing/tutoring architecture students at the AA & Arts University Bournemouth, as well as being heavily involved at Hooke Park for the last 7 years. Jez also has a current interest in urban forestry beyond the visual aesthetics as a productive resource for urban societies.

The two 20 minute presentations will be followed by a chaired discussion between the presenters and the audience, with the objective of peer review and helping the presenters push their research forwards.

About Cass Research Seminars

Cass Research Seminars are a series of public conversations which enable researchers to test and present their ideas in conversation with peers and a broader audience. The sessions seek cross-fertilisation of ideas and provoke discussion. Typically, they consist of two to three presentations of 15 minutes each followed by chaired discussion.

We had a productive year in 2017/18. Presenters found that the session deepened their work and added unexpected avenues to their thinking. All are welcome at Cass Research Seminars, both from inside and outside The Cass. For more information email and follow us on Twitter for the latest information @CassResearch

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