Digital construction of timber “metabolism”

Yasushi Ikeda

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter


Architecture tectonics with specific geometry is embraced as a major technique to achieve a physical relationship between engineering and social rationality in terms of the use of space and resources. Nowadays, thanks to parametric geometry, new architectural technologies are expected to evolve with digital innovation. Thus, we are in the age of searching for comprehensive changes in architectural tectonics, including materials and processes. We have started to think that some reflections of modern architecture with industrial technology give an opportunity to explore the tectonics in digital tern. Historically, the concept of “Metabolism” was presented in 1960 to integrate the culture of Japanese traditional architecture with modernism and this concept may be revived with digital construction technology. The concept has an impact on the modularity, adaptability, compatibility, and transformability of architectural elements. Presenting our experimental project with this idea, this paper discusses the paradigm shift of architectural design and technology from modern construction based on mass production to digital construction based on smart production.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationLecture Notes in Civil Engineering
Number of pages14
Publication statusPublished - 2019

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Civil Engineering
ISSN (Print)2366-2557
ISSN (Electronic)2366-2565


  • Digital construction
  • Digital wood block
  • Metabolism
  • Parametric geometry
  • Timber structure

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Civil and Structural Engineering


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