A Warning Against Boundless Timber Construction

Contributor Blaine Brownell weighs the costs of unlimited tree harvesting for construction. By Blaine Brownell In The Overstory: A Novel (W. W. Norton & Co., 2018), author Richard Powers explores the problematic relationship between people and trees. Although humans generally...
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The U.S. mass timber industry is maturing while it branches out

By Sydney Franklin This article originally appeared as part of our January 2019 print issue in the timber feature. President Donald Trump’s tariffs, enacted in November 2017, have not yet made a significant impact on the U.S. mass timber industry. But if Trump chooses to take...
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ArchitectChats Ep. 26: Timber on the Rise, Part 9 – Behind the Scenes at Hampshire College’s Kern Center

Bruner/Cott Architects’ Jason Jewhurst and Hampshire College past president Jonathan Lash discuss the Living Building’s conception and impact on themselves and the greater community. By Wanda Lau ArchitectChats‘ Timber on the Rise series highlights innovations...

ArchitectChats Ep. 22: Timber on the Rise, Part 7 – Katerra Tackles the Inefficiencies of the Building Industry

The 2,000-person—and counting—technology and construction company is investing heavily in R&D and mass timber production and design, says Katerra Architecture president Craig Curtis. Today, the firm announced its acquisition of Michael Green Architecture. By ARCHITECT Staff...
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ArchitectChats Ep. 21: Timber on the Rise, Part 6 – How to Design Commercially Viable Mass Timber Buildings

After serving as architect-of-record on the largest wood structure constructed in modern U.S. history, DLR Group principal Stephen Cavanaugh and his team are continuing that model in other cities. By ARCHITECT Staff ArchitectChats‘ Timber on the Rise series highlights...
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Is mass timber really sustainable?. A pastoral forest (Flickr/Pfly)

Is mass timber really sustainable?

By Olivia Martin This is an article from our special November timber issue. We like to blame a lot of things for climate change—namely coal and cow farts—but if we were to search for a worthy scapegoat, architects might end up looking in the mirror. The building sector is...
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How mass timber could transform our cities (really). Recreation of Maison Dom-Ino in wood at the 2014 Venice Architecture Biennale (Courtesy Ventana blog)

How mass timber could transform our cities (really) – Archpaper.com

By Matt Shaw This is a preview of our special November timber issue. Mass timber is having its Maison Dom-Ino moment. At the 2014 Venice Architecture Biennale, a curious structure sat on the grass near the international pavilion in the Giardini. It was an engineered timber...
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“We have much to learn from the timber constructivists”

Aaron Betsky Architects designing for America‘s future suburbs should look back to the country’s unsung modernists, who created site-appropriate and liveable timber homes across the USA, says Aaron Betsky in this Opinion column. Drive around the suburbs that arose...
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Architects embrace “the beginning of the timber age”

Wood is taking over from steel and concrete as the architectural wonder material of the 21st century, with architects praising its sustainability, quality and speed of construction. (+ slideshow). New types of engineered timber that are considerably stronger and more stable than...
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