Associate Professor Department of Architecture
MIT engineers build load-bearing structures using tree forks instead of steel joints
Caitlin Mueller (Architecture) and her Digital Structures research team have developed an approach to replace load-bearing joints in construction with discarded tree forks.
MIT research team uses 3D scans to repurpose wood scraps
Caitlin Mueller (Architecture) and her team are examining how to use the unique properties of odd-shaped tree parts, such as knots and forks that are typically thrown away, as building components. They are finding ways to use these discarded sections of wood to replace steel or concrete building parts, which have a heavy environmental toll.
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