In this week's episode, Ryerson University wants to build the first 100 per cent, digitally-enabled building in the world, only to tear it down in the years to come. British designer Thomas Heatherwick's studio is collaborating with architecture office Veretec to create a campus for global pharmaceutical company UCB in southeast England. In an EU scheme inspired by clever forest-dwelling giants, Finland’s VTT Technical Research Centre will construct a 500-sq-m demonstration building made of novel wood-based materials and components to showcase the benefits of timber in rural and urban development. Designed by Dutch architects UNStudio, the building will have wood thermal insulation materials, structural insulation panels (SIPs) and wood-plastic composites, among other components. With efforts to find new ways to lock up carbon, developers, architects and net zero committed companies are asking, "Is wood the new concrete?" New technology in what’s called "mass timber" production offers a carbon-cutting alternative to concrete and steel in the building sector.
Production by Deeelicious Beats
Music "Game Play" by Quality Quest
Podcast is a Mass Timber Construction Journal Production
Sponsors of the Podcast:
Rothoblaas is an Italian multinational with its roots in the Alpine region; a leading developer and provider of high technology solutions for all those involved in the construction with wood sector. Always engaged in finding solutions for the improvement of the sector, today Rothoblaas is one of the leading companies worldwide in the development of products and services dedicated to the wood carpentry industry, and continues to export know-how from the heart of the Italian Alps to the world.
International Association for Mass Timber Construction (IAMTC)
The International Association for Mass Timber Construction aims to promote and deliver value to its members and associated stakeholders through an all-encompassing approach to advocacy, thought-leadership, development for the architecture, engineering, construction, manufacturing sectors, provide education, training/teaching and research in establishing a global mass timber construction sector across the five contents of the world.