After years of relative neglect, timber construction is making a comeback. All over the world, architects are now using wood in designs of houses and even high-rise buildings. Hermann Kaufmann holds the Chair of Timber Construction at the Institute for Architectural Design and Building Technology in the Technical University of Munich (TUM). In this interview he explains why wood is an excellent choice as a climate-friendly material and how it can be used to build affordable housing.
Research news - The Guggenheim Museum by star architect Frank Gehry led to an economic boom in the Spanish city of Bilbao. This "Bilbao Effect" is appealing to many urban planners and politicians who look to better position their cities in economic and social terms by building exceptional architectural projects.
Research news - Active components on buildings such as blinds whose design was copied from naturally occurring solutions - that is the subject of the research conducted by a team from the Technical University of Munich (TUM), the University of Freiburg, and the University of Stuttgart.
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