UNIVERSITY OF HONG KONG
FACULTY OF ARCHITECTURE
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“Plant a Seed and Timber Construction” and “Future Timber Construction, a Japanese Perspective”

“Plant a Seed and Timber Construction” and “Future Timber Construction, a Japanese Perspective”
Date:
28-Sep-2022
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Venue:
Room 419, 4/F, Knowles Building, The University of Hong Kong, Pokfulam Road, Hong Kong
Title:
Symposium: “Plant a Seed and Timber Construction” and “Future Timber Construction, a Japanese Perspective”
Speaker(s):
Kasper Kyndesen
Partner and Design Director of Henning Larsen Norway

Fabia Baumann
Engineer of Henning Larsen Copenhagen

Mitsuhiro Kanada
Director of ARUP Tokyo
Associate Professor, Tokyo University of the Arts

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“Plant a Seed and Timber Construction”, by Kasper Kyndesen and Fabia Baumann

Through a deep dive into Henning Larsen’s digital, open-source Plant a Seed publication, Kasper Kyndesen, and Fabia Baumann will unleash the potential of building in wood and debunk the myths of timber construction. Furthermore, they will elaborate on how the carbon sequestering qualities of wood magnify the importance of building in biomass for designing environmentally friendly, healthy, low-carbon, and resource-wise solutions.

Kasper Kyndesen | Partner and Design Director of Henning Larsen Norway

Kasper is a Design Director and Partner for the Norwegian market at Henning Larsen. He focuses on sustainable design across a range of typologies, including residential projects and urban plans, in addition to cultural and commercial buildings, where he led a consultancy in construction in connection with energy renovation. Kasper has worked as a design-responsible architect on several Henning Larsen projects of high complexity, including the new gymnasium in Diakonhjemmet’s Hage in Oslo, the Tromsø Arctic University Museum in Tromsø, and Herlev Hospital in Copenhagen. More recently, Kasper has been a driving force in Henning Larsen’s push for integrating sustainable construction materials and methods like building in biomass, as co-author of Henning Larsen’s Plant a Seed publication about designing with wood and bio-based materials.

Fabia Baumann | Engineer of Henning Larsen Copenhagen

Fabia is a Structural Design Engineer and Timber Expert at Henning Larsen with both theoretical knowledge about timber from her engineering degree and practical experience from her work as a carpenter. She has a passion for timber construction and understands the potential of wood in developing unique, sustainable projects. Fabia has extensive knowledge about incorporating wood in construction processes. She supports design teams by integrating wood into many projects like Henning Larsen’s World of Volvo experience center in Gothenburg, Sweden; Marmormolen, one of Denmark’s largest wooden structures; and Fælledby, Copenhagen’s first wooden district, and winner of Fast Company’s 2021 World Changing Ideas Awards. She also co-authored Henning Larsen’s Plant a Seed publication with Kasper Kyndesen.


“Future Timber Construction, a Japanese Perspective”, by Mitsuhiro Kanada

Timber has been a traditional construction material all over the world.  East Asia has regional traditional way of building in timber, and Japanese timber construction carries that tradition to date.  On the other hand, there is a new approach to timber structure which aims to achieve more diverse structures including tall buildings.

Mitsuhiro Kanada | Director of ARUP Tokyo and Associate Professor, Tokyo University of the Arts

Born in Tokyo in 1970, Mitsuhiro Kanada has studied architectural design and structural engineering at University of California at Berkeley.  After graduating from UC Berkeley with Master of Science, he joined ARUP, a global engineering consultancy based in 37 countries with more than 90 offices.  Based in Tokyo and London, he has been involved in ground breaking projects such as Maison Hermes by Renzo Piano and Taichung Metropolitan Opera House by Toyo Ito.  Since 2007 he is an Associate Professor at Tokyo University of the Arts, where he researches the possibilities of modern interpretation of traditional Japanese materials and technology.


*This event is open to the general public.
*CPD Credit Hours and AIA CES Learning Unit Hours are offered to members of the HKIA and the AIA.

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