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Why we should build wooden skyscrapers

Building a skyscraper? Forget about steel and concrete, says architect Michael Green, and build it out of ... wood. 

Climate change impacts every aspect of human existence. More than a third of energy-based greenhouse gas emissions come from our built environment. Global population growth requires building more homes to meet demand. Rapid urbanization means larger buildings. The construction and manufacturing industries face stagnation and an aging talent pool, and must revolutionize to stay relevant. These challenges intersect through the two main materials used in the construction of our urban environment: concrete and steel. These are global problems that need a global solution.

Find out more about how modern, renewable, affordable and safe wood construction is possible, and why it is necessary and relevant today.

 

Michael Green
Principal, Michael Green Architecture

Michael founded his architecture firm MGA and his not-for-profit school DBR to focus on progressive architecture, research, education and innovation. MGA is vested in building healthier communities through innovative architecture, interiors, landscapes and urban design. Michael is particularly known for his research and leadership in promoting the use of wood in the built environment with extensive international talks on the subject, including his TED talk which has been viewed over a million times.

 

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1. How could mass timber products mitigate the problem of deforestation?
2. Engineered wood products have been shown to be as safe as steel in fires. What properties contribute to this?
 

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