This thesis aims to contribute to the development of design and construction methodologies through the integration of material-based design strategies and digital fabrication. The explorations conducted as part of this research concurrently pursue the development of an integrated design approach, one in which material, form, structure and space making are inherently linked.
The research contained herein explores the specific material behaviours associated with plywood and attempts to advance these findings using both traditional and modern fabrication techniques. The thesis
will address the following questions:
a) Can the material properties of plywood be employed as more than a sheathing material?; and
b) Is it possible to unlock the material potential towards creating an active lightweight structural system?
This paper presents research surrounding the material properties of plywood followed by a series of material explorations. These findings are then implemented into a proposal for a final lightweight structural system.