–We want to highlight the democratic value of wood
TYIN tegnestue Architects participated in the Architecture of Necessity in 2010. This year they are on the jury and visits Wood Summit Småland 26-27 june. Andreas G Gjertsen, architect and partner TYIN:
What significance do you think that the Architecture of Necessity has for the development of architecture?
We’ve noticed a positive development of what’s important for young architects. The focus has shifted from physical conditions and economy to mankind’s different needs. The Architecture of Necessity brings relevance to this development in a wider spectra of the architectural debate. And this could be the tipping point, whether the development is
just a trend or if it will change the task of architecture in the future.
What aspect of the Architecture of Necessity manifesto is the most immediate to you right now?
I would say diligent. It’s more and more common to choose wood in building constructions. Especially in Scandinavia. By innovate thinking and experimentation with the use of wood, in both constructions and other building components, the material has gained confidence among architects and builders. Because of the many benefits of wood, it could serve
as a competitive material to the steel and concrete industry. Wood can be used in many different forms and also meet different needs, in everything from constructions to isolation materials. Without causing to much complication, a lot of these products have superior environmental benefits. With enhanced understanding and knowledge of the material, wood could also provide us with functions that so far is stipulated by steel and concrete.
Wood Summit Småland 2013 will focus on the challenges the world is facing and how architecture and wood can contribute to a sustainable world. What question would you like to raise on that subject?
We want to highlight the democratic value of wood. Most people “understand” wood. Almost everyone can participate in designing with wood and the material is relatively easy to change over time. This will lead to an architecture that can handle constant change and meet new requirements in the future.