Wooden skyscrapers: The spruce excuse

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How Wooden High-Rises Could Change the Urban Skyline
https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/arc...nd/544146/

EXCERPT: The first thing you notice when you walk into the office of Lever Architecture, in Portland, Oregon, is the smell: fresh, sweet, and vaguely Christmassy. That’s because Albina Yard, the year-old building that houses the office, was built out of fragrant Douglas fir. “It’s a space people immediately respond to on an emotional level,” says Thomas Robinson, Lever’s founder and the building’s architect.

Robinson is a pioneer in designing tall buildings that use wood, not concrete or steel, to bear their weight. Albina Yard is only four stories, but it’s the prelude to a more ambitious project: Framework, a 12-story mixed-use tower that will soon rise in Portland’s Pearl District. When it’s finished (likely in 2019), it will be the country’s tallest human-occupied all-wooden structure.

Although we’ve been building with trees since prehistoric times, they are having a moment, architecturally....

MORE: https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/arc...nd/544146/



The rise of the wooden skyscraper
http://www.bbc.com/future/story/20171026...de-of-wood

EXCERPT: In 2017 we’re on the cusp of a new revolution: wooden skyscrapers. It sounds completely ludicrous, like a modern twist on the construction fable the Three Little Pigs. But it’s really happening. Are they strong enough? Will they rot? And won’t they burn down?



[b]Why we should build wooden skyscrapers (video)
https://www.ted.com/talks/michael_green_...kyscrapers

EXCERPT: Building a skyscraper? Forget about steel and concrete, says architect Michael Green, and build it out of … wood. As he details in this intriguing talk, it's not only possible to build safe wooden structures up to 30 stories tall (and, he hopes, higher), it's necessary....

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I love a wooden bldg with wooden walls and ceilings and floors. It is warm and organic and natural, a farcry from the dull grey coldness of concrete.
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My browser seems to be doing poorly with the changes, and functionality is lacking. E.g., can't PM so, Happy Thanksgiving. I'm with the crowd on this one, I guess. Wooden skyscrapers seems a bad idea, though I imagine benefits of them, like demolition of them could produce less harmful dust
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(Nov 22, 2017 03:59 PM)elte Wrote: My browser seems to be doing poorly with the changes, and functionality is lacking. E.g., can't PM so, Happy Thanksgiving.


Likewise, Elte, and to everyone else on the applicable part of the North American continent.

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