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    NEXT WEEK

    Quizzical Pursuit
    —The Architecture Puzzler

    Created by Dave Guadagni

    Solution to Last Week's Puzzler
    Architecture Puzzler #461

    Question

    What anisotropic construction material can have the following flaws: "crook," "cup," or "dote"?

    Answer

    All these flaws can occur in lumber. Crook — a deviation from a straight line from end to end of a board, in the direction perpendicular to the long edge of the board. Cup — a flat-wise deviation across the width of the board. Dote — synonymous with rot or decay.

    In case you did not know, an anisotropic material, as opposed to an isotropic material, is a material not having the same properties in all directions. Fibrous materials such as wood are anisotropic.
     


     

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    Dave Guadagni, AIA, is an architect with Robertson/Sherwood/Architects

    Quizzical Pursuit is Copyright 2010, Dave Guadagni.

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    Jean Nouvel's Torre Agbar is clad in an isotropic (not anisotropic) material.
    Photo: Flickr user Alex

     
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