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    Connecting communities at WoodFest Reading

    WoodFest
    is coming to Reading following the recent success in Newcastle and Sheffield.
    The event takes place throughout May, June and July with a focus on the social
    impact of housing, custom build, connecting communities, local timber and
    healthy building products.

    The
    programme features a collection of seminars, exhibitions and tours celebrating
    the versatility and sustainability of building with wood, organised by the UK
    timber industry’s campaign, Wood for Good.

    For
    the next two weeks until 7 June, the University of Reading School of
    Architecture invites visitors to explore its pop-up
    structure, the ‘The Urban Room’. This is a second year architecture
    student project designed for discussion and debate about architecture in the
    built environment.

    The
    Urban Room
    will also host a series of Wednesday and Friday lunchtime ‘encounters’ with
    Reading-based artists exploring their own practice in response to the Urban
    Room. On 7 June, Reading University will explore ‘hybrid
    practices’ through an arts-architecture lens, offering opportunities to
    move, discuss, think, experience and explore with guest artists and architects.

    WoodFest
    Reading continues on 12 June with a tour
    of Vastern Timber, one of the largest British hardwood sawmills in the
    country. In addition to the tour, the day will include an insightful CPD talk
    delivered by managing director Tom Barnes, ‘Selecting Timber Cladding’,
    covering timber cladding choices, composites and modified wood. The day will
    wrap up with lunch and plenty of opportunity for questions and discussion.

    On
    the afternoon of Wednesday 3 July KISS
    House will host a panel discussion on the topic of ‘Making high quality
    housing attainable.’ Chaired by Christiane Lellig, campaign director for Wood
    for Good, the event will bring together a broad line-up of panellists from
    across the industry to discuss what quality housing is, why it is important and
    how to achieve it. Invited panellists include Jonny Anstead, TOWN, Sally
    Godber, WARM: Low Energy Buildings Practice, Ian Pritchett, Greencore
    Construction and Mike Jacob, KISS House.

    The
    early evening will see a case study presentation of the RIBA East award-winning
    home, The
    Deerings. Delivered by the project team and the client, attendees will
    learn more about this striking and ambitious Passivhaus building, constructed
    from a super-insulated timber frame with recycled paper insulation.

    Christiane
    Lellig said: “With a focus on housing and local communities, WoodFest Reading
    promises to offer a fantastic opportunity to bring all those involved with the
    built environment to explore what can be achieved when we work together.”

    “Each
    event is a chance to learn and share about the use of timber in architecture,
    particularly around the social impact of housing and helping to connect local
    communities. It provides a platform to discover what’s happening in the region
    and to be inspired by timber design.”

    Partners
    include: KISS; RIBA
    South and South East; TRADA;
    The University of Reading
    School of Architecture; Vastern
    Timber.

    Book
    your place at any of the WoodFest Reading
    events here.