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Dragon Skin wood installation provides outdoor shelter on campus

By Emily Kwong
The Ubyssey
January 14, 2020
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

A new canopy-shaped wood installation has arrived on UBC campus as an outdoor rain shelter. Named Dragon Skin in reference to its scale-like shingles, the installation is the third iteration of a collaborative project between UBC’s SEEDS Sustainability Program, the School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture (SALA) and the Centre for Advanced Wood Processing (CAWP). UBC Associate Professor Dr. AnnaLisa Meyboom led a group comprised of student and industry participants. The design for the structure was created beforehand and participants were guided through the process of construction, which involved robotic fabrication. …Wood has been used …it  is a sustainable material. With the capabilities of new technology, architects can also experiment with new ways of using wood. In this installation, robotics was used to create a double curved surface, which deviates from the straight and flat forms that wood is generally known for.

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