SIAT sponsors wood symposium and workshop

February 7, 2007

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New tools, techniques, products and practices are revolutionizing the use of wood in architecture, design and construction. And the School of Interactive Arts and Technology (SIAT) at SFU's Surrey campus is co-sponsoring a workshop and symposium Feb. 15-24 at UBC to help design professionals take advantage of the opportunities these innovations present. In collaboration with the Canadian Design Research Network (CDRN) and UBC, SIAT is presenting a series of events that will explore the potential of digital media and CNC (computer numerical control) fabrication technologies.

Architects, engineers, researchers, industry representatives, and designers of all kinds will benefit from events featuring hands-on experience with leading-edge equipment and software as well as presentations by international leaders in the field.

The events will focus on the integration of parametric modelling and digital fabrication techniques into the design, manufacturing, and construction processes. Parametric modelling is an emerging technology that allows designers to interactively investigate multiple design alternatives. In combination with rapid prototyping equipment, it provides a new and innovative approach to design. For more information, visit

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