The Weald & Downland Gridshell as the harmonic embodiment of Architecture, Structure and Craft (Ticketed)

Monday 24 July 2017

The talk

In 2002, the Weald and Downland Museum’s gridshell completion re-ignited architectural interest in gridshells world-wide. Especially with such structures, gridshell project success depends hugely on successful collaboration between architects, engineers and craftspeople. Intrinsically connected with structure and construction, their realisation is shaped by the inevitable influence of technological advancement. Presented on site in the voluptuous embrace of the Weald and Downland gridshell, through global examples, Gabriel Tang takes you on an intriguing visual journey on how timber gridshells have evolved, and explains why the Weald and Downland gridshell is seminal in the development of such structures.

The speaker

Gabriel Tang is an architect and Senior Lecturer in Architecture at Sheffield Hallam University, UK. He trained at the Bartlett, University College London, UK, and worked in the offices of Foster + Partners, London. Currently completing a PhD at the University of Edinburgh, UK, on the novel use of deployable gridshells as formwork for concrete shell construction, his research interests lie in technology culture, material tectonics and the innovation synergies between architecture, structure and construction processes. In 2016, with Prof John Chilton, he co-wrote TIMBER GRIDSHELLS – Architecture, Structure and Craft published by Routledge. Fully colour illustrated, the book tells the story of timber technology by charting the evolution of timber technology using international gridshell examples over the last 50 years.

Participant information

Upon arrival please come to the main museum entrance, where you will be directed to the talk location.

Book signings will take place at the end of the talk

Talks start at 6.30pm, last for about 1-1½ hours. There will be tea, coffee & cake available between 6.00pm-6.30pm. If you have any dietary requirements please let us know in advance.


£14 per person, £10 for Museum Members, £5 for Weald & Downland Museum volunteers.

Please note Members and volunteer discounts are applicable using a code which you may enter at point of checkout. You may be asked for proof of status before being admitted so please bring your Museum badge or Membership number with you.



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