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IASS 2016 Tokyo Symposium: Spatial Structures in the 21st Century


IASS Symposium 2016

SESSION: Timber Structures & Environmental Compatibility

Analysis of the Spatial Configurations of 17 Basic Wooden Frames using the Theory of Material and Skeletal Energy

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  • Proceedings Name: IASS 2016 Tokyo Symposium: Spatial Structures in the 21st Century
  • ISSN: (Electronic Version) 2518-6582
  • Session: Timber Structures & Environmental Compatibility
  • Pages: 10
  • Title: Analysis of the Spatial Configurations of 17 Basic Wooden Frames using the Theory of Material and Skeletal Energy
  • Author(s): Norihide Imagawa
  • Keywords: the theory of material and skeletal energy, structure design, material, wood, global warming, CO2
Abstract
Throughout the 40 years of my career, I have worked with various types of architectural construction materials from over 25 countries, and used them in the diverse spatial structures of over 2500 design projects. Once materials are adapted to spatial skeletons and completed as an architectural structure, deterioration begins due to natural forces of nature (gravity, earthquake, typhoon, etc.). This theory of material and skeletal energy explicates how materials function in spatial skeletons under various environmental conditions, in quantitative form. In this research, wood is the primary structural material, which is procurable across the globe, easy to process and ecological. Furthermore, the theory analyzes the energy volume of material used for architecture as a whole and the energy between material and skeleton; and it may act as a guide toward better solutions to global warming (reduction of CO2), one of the most important themes in the twenty first century.

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