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Wooden Wonders: Innovative Updates to an Ancient Building Material

[ By SA Rogers in Conceptual & Futuristic & Technology. ]

Despite the fact that wood has been in use as a primary building material for millennia, it’s being hailed as the material of the future. Who says you can’t teach an old dog new tricks?

Wooden architecture is most often associated with cabins and other rustic styles, but that perception is increasingly out of date. Recent innovations are producing wood that’s capable of standing in for more environmentally harmful materials like plastic, steel, concrete and even glass. It might seem like increasing demand for wood could deplete forests more rapidly than ever, contributing to the climate crisis, but the key to sustainability lies in preserving large tracts of old growth forest while also maintaining well-managed working forests using modern methods that protect biodiversity.

Self-Shaping Wood

The Urban Dentist / studio karhard

© Stefan Wolf Lucks © Stefan Wolf Lucks
  • Architects: studio karhard
  • Location: Warschauer Strasse 32, 10997 Berlin, Germany
  • Category: dental clinic
  • Lead Architects: Thomas Karsten & Alexandra Erhard
  • Area: 360.0 m2
  • Project Year: 2018
  • Photographs: Stefan Wolf Lucks

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Lindower 22 Ateliers and Galleries / Heim Balp Architekten

© Nick Ash © Nick Ash
  • Architects: Heim Balp Architekten
  • Location: Lindower Str. 22, 13347 Berlin, Germany
  • Category: Cultural Center
  • Completion Year: 2018 (first phase Haus A and Haus C) 2021 (second phase Haus D and Haus B)
  • Lead Architects: Heim Balp Architekten and Asastudio
  • Area: 11000.0 m2
  • Photographs: Nick Ash, Andrea Garzotto

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IBA Timber Prototype House / ICD University of Stuttgart

© Thomas Mueller © Thomas Mueller

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Haus der Schüler / Metaraum Architekten BDA

© zooeybraun FOTOGRAFIE © zooeybraun FOTOGRAFIE

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MONU #30

MONU #30: Late Life Urbanism
Bernd Upmeyer (Editor-in-Chief)
BOARD Publishers, Spring 2019

Paperback | 7-3/4 x 10-1/2 inches | 128 pages | English | ISSN: 1860-3211 | $23.99

Publisher Description:
Retirement Utopianism - Interview with Deane Simpson by Bernd Upmeyer; Sun City by Peter Granser; The Great Escape: Domesticity for Nomadic Retirees by Hannah Wood and Benjamin Wells; Stayin' Alive - Interview with Frits van Dongen by Bernd Upmeyer; Bucephalus by Nicolò Calandrini; The Future We Don't Want to Know About by Anuschka Kutz; A Knock on the Door by Rachel Marlene Kauder; Ageing UK High Streets: Adding Life to Years by Luca Brunelli; Developing an Age-friendly Urbanism by Chris Phillipson; Traversing Heterotopias by Rafael Luna; What Kind of Care Do We Want? by Arjen Born; God's Waiting Room by Julienne Gage; Intergenerational Living by BETA; Home for the Elderly by Junya Ishigami; Urban Neurodegeneration: Future Approaches to the Architecture of Care by Jack Sardeson; Mega Family Communities for China's Aging Society by Apple Yi Jiang; Live Smarter Now to Live Better Forever by Matthias Hollwich; Emmy's World by Hanne van der Woude
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Michelberger Hotel / Jonathan Tuckey Design

© Philip Obkircher © Philip Obkircher

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BUGA Wood Pavilion / ICD/ITKE University of Stuttgart

  • Architects: ICD/ITKE University of Stuttgart
  • Location: Bundesgartenschau Heilbronn GmbH 2019, Theodor-Fischer-Straße 36, 74076 Heilbronn, Germany
  • Category: Pavillion
  • Project Partners: ICD: Prof. Achim Menges, Martin Alvarez, Monika Göbel, Abel Groenewolt, Oliver David Krieg, Ondrej Kyjanek, Hans Jakob Wagner ITKE: Prof. Jan Knippers, Lotte Aldinger, Simon Bechert, Daniel Sonntag
  • Area: 500.0 m2
  • Project Year: 2019
  • Photographs: ICD-ITKE, Roland Halbe, BUGA

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