In February 2013, at the TED Conference in Longbeach, California, a Canadian architect Michael Green presented his vision of architecture in the future.
In February 2013, at the TED Conference in Longbeach, California, a Canadian architect Michael Green presented his vision of architecture in the future. The architect believes that the era of steel and concrete, building materials dominating in cities all over the world, is already gone and the nearest future challenge is to invent new building technologies. 47% of total carbon dioxide emitted into the atmosphere comes from buildings – it is produced by building industry, it is also produced by already existing buildings. In the face of potential dangerous climatic changes it is enough of a reason to start looking for new ways.
According to Green, there is only one way: start using wood in building industry. Wood “production” creates no pollution – trees grow naturally thanks to the solar light, besides they absorb the deadly gas. Cut-down trees processed into wood products used in building industry do not produce CO2. Modern technology allows for production of super-strong wood panels from young trees which can be grown in nurseries, without destroying natural forest reserves. Besides, we have already discovered methods of protecting wood from the damage caused by fire or moisture.
Aside from listing the advantages of wood products and proving it is a building material of the future, aside from praising the natural virtues of this material closest to mankind, Green shows in his speech that we can even build … a skyscraper made of wood. In big cities with rapidly growing population there is no space to build cozy wooden country cottages – we must build “tight and high”. As Green manages to prove it – it is possible with wood!