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Wong, Wai-Sung 1995 , 'Timber structures in Malaysian architecture and buildings', Research Master thesis, University of Tasmania.

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Malaysia is endowed with rich timber resources. These have been used
historically for building construction. However, the recording and
documentation of the use of timber structures in architecture and building is a
new field of study. The limited number of texts related to the use of timber in
Malaysia are largely concerned with the design and construction of the
traditional Malay house. The archival material related to the use of timber has
been found to be very limited in scope and incomplete.
The primary aim of this study is to provide a broad overview of the influences
that have shaped the structural use of timber in Malaysia from 15th century to
the present day. It is hoped that this will provide the basis and inspiration for
more specific detailed studies to be undertaken at a later date. Therefore, this
is not seen as a definitive study but the beginning of a process which attempts
to understand the use of this basic material, timber, in Malaysian architecture
and building.
Chapter I of the thesis examines the cultural background of factors that have
influenced the use of timber in structures on- the Malaysian Peninsular. It
traces the historical development of the use of timber as building material from
the early indigenous timber structure to contemporary architecture. The
detailing in timber jointing was different in each state due to the different
cultural backgrounds of the local craftsman.
Chapter 2 explores the technological developments that have contributed the
structural use of timber in Malaysia over the last 150 years. The evolution of
timber technology has enabled the development in jointing capacity and the
structural determination of various building forms. Eighteen case studies are
examined for the comparison of their respective construction and structural
systems with an overview of the technical influences on construction associated
with connections and joints for structural timber.
Chapter 3 examines current issues in the application of structural timber
technology at national and international level which might be applied in
Malaysia. This chapters includes the discussion on current timber technology
transfer from overseas and adoption to the local environment.
Chapter 4 concludes with the research findings and discusses the issues that
have affected the use of timber in Malaysia and provides some suggestions for
areas of further research. This ,research concludes with the difficulties of wider
use of timber in Malaysia.

Item Type: Thesis - Research Master
Authors/Creators:Wong, Wai-Sung
Keywords: Wooden-frame buildings
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Thesis (M.Arch.)--University of Tasmania, 1997. Partial contents: 1. Malaysian timber construction and structures --2. Technical influences on the construction of Malaysian buildings--3. Case studies of international wood architecture

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