beX Learning Week 2019

Start date and time

Monday 18 February 2019

to Friday 22 February 2019


Edinburgh, Glasgow, Falkland, Boat of Garten and Alness

The following activities will take place over the course of the learning week:
- Visiting CCG(OSM) one of the most advanced offsite construction fabricators in the UK. For those that don’t know CCG they were a delivery partners in the Commonwealth Games Athletes Village and recently constructed the tallest timber building in Scotland from Cross Laminated Timber. CCG invested £12M setting up this state of the art facility and they will provide us with an in-depth insight in to their operations including an access all areas factory and site tour. You’ll get the chance to meet and hear from Calum Murray a director of CCG, the Structural Timber Association and Offsite Solutions Scotland.

- Mass Timber Evening Seminar introduction the topic of mass timber construction including a series of case study talks from the Centre for Offsite Construction + Innovative Structures. Case studies will include the American Hardwood Export Council "Multi-Ply" Project, Carbon Dynamic Dyson Project and CCG Yoker Project.

- The Falkland Palace (a former Scottish royal palace) and Estate tour with follow on collaborative workshop with the GSD students. Ninian Stewart who is the Hereditary Keeper of Falkland Palace and co-founder of the Falkland Centre for Stewardship and Guy Wat from the Scottish Forest and Timber Technologies Industry Leadership Group will host us for the day. This visit provides a unique opportunity to understand the modern day challenges of running a sustainable estate as well as an in-depth insight into their current project portfolio of investment including the creation of a sustainable community of off-grid ‘tiny houses’ utilising a design for manufacture and assembly and disassembly approach (DfMA+D).

- BSW Saw Mill and Carbon Dynamic tours. BSW were founded in 1848 and are the largest saw miller operator in the UK with additional facilities in Eastern Europe. Dave Mills their head of production at Boat of Garten will host and provide an in-depth insight in to how logs are felled, selected, processed and graded for structural applications. Carbon Dynamic is a modular construction start-up, this visit will demonstrate how volumetric construction components are formed and as well as showcase how cutting edge technologies such as Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality are being utilised in the construction sector.

- Mutual Placemaking Workshop. This final day collaboration will see Edinburgh Napier University beX and Harvard GSD students collaborate via a design thinking workshop. The knowledge and understanding derived from the week will be combined with an interdisciplinary approach to determine sustainable solutions for an actual vacant site in the centre of Edinburgh. This material will be captured such that it can be showcased at the Holz Forum UK exhibition on the 9th and 10th of May. This workshop is strategic and linked to the Scottish Government backed Task Force for Vacant and Derelict land being led by the Scottish Land Commission and Scottish Environmental Protection Agency.