Working with Forestry England, and within its woodlands, we will explore how sustainable forestry and regenerative land management can sit alongside one another. We will explore the possibilities of different woodland outputs and test them in a building. This ranges from engaging with sustainable practices such as coppicing, and thinning for alternative building systems to working with smaller section roundwood timber and climate resilient timber species to explore beams and columns which are resource efficient and lean.
We will be taking control of the construction process, acting as its foremen, project managers and architects. An experimental timber structure, which will facilitate teaching and community engagement with our woodlands will be designed and built by a group of 30 MArch Architecture students. Together we will be developing models that are capable of challenging the preconceptions around timber construction and exploring its potential.