People have always built houses out of wood. But in the last few years this natural material has been experiencing a comeback with its unmistakable character, timeless beauty and warmth. More and more architects choose wood as a building material and see in it a safe, robust and sustainable alternative to concrete.
“We have to change our attitude towards architecture,” says Vancouver-based architect Michael Green. Like many, Green is convinced that in times of global warming and increasing population numbers, sustainable wood is the resource of the future. “The construction industry is responsible for 40 percent of global climate emissions,” says the architect. Cement production alone – the most widely used building material – accounts for 8 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions.
With the renewable building material wood, Green sees the possibility of building for the future. Because intact forests are irreplaceable for a healthy planet. They are complex systems with an extremely high level of biodiversity, they purify water, stabilize and regulate weather and microclimate, prevent soil erosion and not only bind carbon, but also produce oxygen. Trees are active climate protectors and wood that you have built in also serves as a carbon store.
Skyscrapers made of wood should also shape the metropolises of tomorrow. New technologies such as cross plywood – also called CLT – should make this possible. The material is light, but its strength can match concrete and steel.
And so, on the more than 280 richly illustrated pages, you can find out more explanations and motives, find over 30 projects and five portraits that give insights into the visions and working methods of architects and designers. A book for everyone who loves architecture, beautiful living and wood as a material.
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