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Waugh Thistleton on modular construction

Founding Partner, Andrew Waugh of Waugh Thistleton Architects, will be discussing the future of low-carbon modular construction for housing at our October forum in White City, London.

Waugh Thisleton has been involved in a landmark project for the London Design Festival, called 'Multiply', a maze-like series of interconnected spaces that overlap and intertwine, designed to encourage visitors to re-think the way we build our homes and cities.

The nine meter high American tulipwood installation currently on show in the Sackler Courtyard at the V&A Museum, London, leads visitors through a series of stairs, corridors and open spaces inviting them to explore the potential of wood in architecture. LDF has also collaborated with Arup and the American Hardwood Export Council for the project.

The project confronts two of the current age's biggest challenges - the pressing need for housing and the urgency to fight climate change. It presents the fusion of modular systems and sustainable construction materials as a solution.

The three-dimensional structure will be built using a flexible system, comprising 17 modules of American tulipwood cross-laminated timber (CLT) with digitally fabricated joints. Like a piece of flat-packed furniture, Multiply can be assembled in under a week and can be taken apart and reassembled in a new home after the London Design Festival.

Andrew is a dedicated advocate of low carbon construction and was responsible for the design of the pioneering Stadhaus, the first tall urban housing project to be constructed entirely from pre-fabricated solid timber. Andrew was awarded the RIBA President's Medal for Research for this project in 2010. He is visiting Professor Architecture of The University of Sheffield.

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