Wooden Skyscraper: This ain’t no ‘Little House on the Prairie’
Canadian architect Michael Green is using the past to build our future by designing a 30-story skyscraper made of wood.
“The real change came when we started thinking about climate change. Steel and concrete are great but not environmentally friendly,” he says.
Initially it seemed to me like a ‘Rob Peter to Pay Paul’ type of situation. Yea concrete and steel aren’t great for our environment, but last I heard, chopping down trees weren’t the best option either. An article in CNN’s Eco Solutions coverage, Can wooden skyscrapers transform concrete jungles? assures that if the wood is sourced from sustainably managed forests (like those in Europe and North America), is can be more environmentally sensitive.
Ok, that’s great, but what about fires? “It may sound counter-intuitive, but performing well in a fire is something inherent in large pieces of wood, that’s why in forest fires the trees that survive are the largest ones,” Green says.
Let us know what you think…Is wood the new concrete?