A Natural Factory Exhibition visits the Royal Highland Show

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At the end of June, the A&DS exhibition, Material Considerations: A Natural Factory visited the Royal Highland Show in Edinburgh. The Show is an annual event, which this year attracted 183,000 visitors who came to see a showcase of rural and agricultural produce and products, as well as displays from a number of environmental associations.

A large section of the exhibition was on display at the show for visitors to see. The ‘Whole Tree Wall’ illustrated how different parts of a tree can be used – from the top of the tree being used to produce insulation products to building components made from the heartwood.

The film ‘Producing Timber’ was also on display. This short film documents the processing of a tree, from feeling in a forest to its use in construction. The exhibition also included some full-scale timber samples from recent Scottish timber buildings such as the Glentress Peel Centre and Paramatta House.

The exhibition was brought to the show in collaboration with The Forestry Commission Scotland. Material Considerations: A Natural Factory, devised by the Sust. programme of A&DS was first shown at The Lighthouse, Scotland’s Centre for Design and Architecture earlier in the year. This was the first in a series of exhibitions investigating the potential to exploit indigenous natural materials in pursuit of sustainable construction. Click here to find out more about the original exhibition.

Elements of he exhibition will soon travel again to the Timber Expo, taking place in Coventry on the 27-28 September 2011. To find out more about the Timber Expo, click here.

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