Performative Architecture and Wooden Structures: Overview on the Main Research Paths in Europe

  • Angelo FigliolaEmail author
  • Alessandra Battisti
Part of the Lecture Notes in Civil Engineering book series (LNCE, volume 24)


One of the main aspects investigated in the European research context on Performative Architecture is related to the use of digital innovations in wood structures construction of units and technological systems as well as architectural organisms at 1:1 scale. To analyze the different approaches the contribution proposes a series of case study and the results of two applied research, the 1 to 1 scale pavilions Fusta Ròbotica and Digital Urban Orchard. The case studies are selected verifying the correspondence to the following parameters: the presence of a performance-based process through which explore informed architectures; the use of low-engineered and natural wood and the engineered one; the materialization of the digital model through innovative manufacturing processes, specifically robotic fabrication. The contribution allows gathering pros and cons in the three different investigative macro areas: performance-based design, material culture, and fabrication process. This analytical investigation helps to create a clear research scenario around the topic of digital wood design as well as the definition of an innovative pathway for future researches, looking forward the assimilation of these innovative concepts in the building construction sector.


Wood design Parametric design and fabrication strategies Parametric timber engineering Complex timber structures Optimization of wood architectures 



Fusta Robòtica Pavilion is a project of IAAC, developed with the generous sponsor of Serradora Boix; in collaboration with Gremi de Fusters, Tallfusta, Incafust, Mecakim, Decustik.

Digital Urban Orchard is a project of IAAC, developed with the generous sponsor of Merefsa, supplying the silicone and with Windmill, in particular thanks to Josep Ramon Sole and Álvaro Romera for the structural consultancy.

OTF team 2015–2016: Areti Markopoulou, Alexandre Dubor, Silvia Brandi, Djordje Stanojevic, Maria Kuptsova//Andrea Quartara, Angelo Figliola, Monish Siripurapu, Ji Won Jun, Josep Alcover Llubia, Yanna Haddad, Mohamad Mahdi Najafi, Fathimah Sujna Shakir, Nada Shalaby.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Architecture and DesignUniversity of CamerinoAscoli PicenoItaly
  2. 2.Sapienza University of RomeRomeItaly

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