University Of Tasmania
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Embracing natural timber features of plantation hardwood: Material-aware digital workflows in product design and development

conference contribution
posted on 2023-05-23, 13:48 authored by Nathan KotlarewskiNathan Kotlarewski, Lachlan Taylor, Peter BoothPeter Booth
The adoption of digital workflows within the architecture and construction industries is wide spread. Advanced digital methods including parametric and associative tools, integrated and iterative optimisation and file-to-factory automated fabrication workflows are now common in architectural and design offices internationally. These tools offer unique, fast and flexible opportunities for designers to conceptualise, rationalise, communicate and fabricate a wide range of complex designs that were previously deemed too complex to produce. While there are many contemporary examples of digital workflows used in the development of architectural solutions, there are limited examples where these tools have been used to deliver architectural products with low-value materials for the built environment. There is a current market-pull for the use of timber products in Australia and a resource-push to utilise emerging low-value Australian plantation hardwood timber. This emerging resource is deemed low-value by the excessive amount of natural feature that prevent its use in structural and appearance grade products. This research demonstrates the development of unique timber architectural lining products utilising digital workflows to rapidly generate unique product design outcomes with low-value materials that can be manufactured according to user defined parameters.


Australian Research Council

Forest & Wood Products Australia Limited

Forestry Tasmania

Forico Pty Ltd

Greening Australia (TAS) Ltd

JM Roberts Charitable Trust

Sustainable Forest Management Pty Ltd


Publication title

ASA2018: Engaging Architectural Science


P Rajagopalan, MM Andamon




School of Architecture and Design


Architectural Science Association

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ASA2018: Engaging Architectural Science

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Copyright 2018 The Architectural Science Association and RMIT University, Australia

Repository Status

  • Open

Socio-economic Objectives

Timber materials; Expanding knowledge in built environment and design