Thu, 19 Mar | Five Mile Radius

21st Century Timber / Jim Gall / Short Course

An new course on building with timber, open to all. Gain a perspective on how timber grows and responds to the environment. Learn about timber sourcing, different species, construction details to apply, and how building with timber contributes to a better world. $45 / $25. CPD Accredited.
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21st Century Timber / Jim Gall / Short Course

Time & Location

19 Mar 2020, 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Five Mile Radius, 10 Atkins St, Red Hill QLD 4059, Australia

About the Event

This course will briefly outline the biology, biochemistry and ecology of timber and its role in the Carbon Cycle. Case studies will be discussed illustrating the use of timber in various buildings. These will provide an understanding of the connection of timber to structure and form, material efficiency, durability, climate control, energy use, and of course a favourable aesthetic. The impacts of these factors on the physical and qualitative experience of buildings within their context will then be outlined.

The course will present timber as the ultimate high-technology, renewable building material - essential for carbon uptake and climate change mitigation. The value and unique qualities of Australian hardwoods will be discussed with reference to opportunities in our industry to advance a sustainable construction future.

The course is designed to raise issues, generate questions and dialogue, and give practical advice. Alongside Jim expect the usual Five Mile hospitality including booze, food, music, mud and more.

What you’ll learn about:

  • The biological systems that produce timber and its role in the carbon cycle. 
  • Timber species and their qualities.
  • Timber design and fabrication at practical, technical and aesthetic levels.
  • The burgeoning area of the use of recycled timber.
  • Timber in relation to climate change, and its importance to future sustainable building design.

Formal Outcomes:

  • Architects can claim 1 formal CPD point + 1 informal CPD point for attending the event.
  • A digital certificate for attending the event is available on request.

About Our Speaker:

Jim Gall is a multi-award winning architect and sits on the Australian Institute of Architects Queensland Chapter Council. 

Jim’s first degree was in Environmental Science, hence his multi-disciplinary and ecological view of the world. He is especially concerned with a deeper consideration of  the importance of design as a way of thinking and acting, and alongside this the enormous opportunities sustainability offers to responsive architecture.

As an architect Jim has worked broadly in Sustainment (sustainable and sustaining places). He has completed numerous timber buildings, and he has developed a detailed practical, technical, ecological and cultural understanding of timber and the opportunities it affords.

He has won awards in architecture, urban design, interior design and timber structures. Jim also enjoys fabricating timber furniture and electric guitars using recovered and recycled local timbers.

Jim values communication highly as part of the design process, and he has presented widely to a broad range of audiences in educational, professional and public forums. He currently teaches a Masters level architectural design studio at QUT, focused on Sustainable Futures.


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