A recent annual competition promoted wood as a building material to the next generation of architects.

The Timber in the City: Urban Habitats Competition was coordinated by the Binational Softwood Lumber Council (BSLC), the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA) and the School of Constructed Environments (SCE) at Parsons School of Design. The competition was meant to encourage students to imagine the repurposing of existing cities with sustainable buildings built primarily with wood, reports High Performance Buildings Magazine.

The approximately 850 entries from student teams across the U.S. demonstrated some of the possibilities of timber in the buildings industry. It is not only collegians who learned about timber construction. The collective buildings industry is gradually gaining new insight.

The Timber in the City group recently held a symposium titled “What’s holding timber back?” According to the panelists, the more building professionals learn about the true nature of wood as a building material, the more they will want to use it.

“Our goal is complete acceptance of mass timber buildings in the cities and towns of North America,” said symposium presenter Amir Shahrokhi, project director at SHoP Architects in New York.

From ProudGreenBuilding.com: https://www.proudgreenbuilding.com/news/wood-taking-root-in-us-construction/