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Sunset House / Mcleod Bovell Modern Houses

14:00 - 22 February, 2017
Sunset House / Mcleod Bovell Modern Houses, © Ema Peter
© Ema Peter

© Ema Peter          © Ema Peter          © Ema Peter          © Ema Peter          +20

  • Architects

  • Location

    West Vancouver, BC, Canada
  • Designers in Charge

    Matt Mcleod, Lisa Bovell
  • Area

    6300.0 ft2
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

T3 / Michael Green Architecture

11:00 - 6 January, 2017
T3 / Michael Green Architecture, © Ema Peter
© Ema Peter

© Ema Peter © Ema Peter © Ema Peter © Ema Peter +13

Elm Street Residence / James K.M. Cheng Architects

13:00 - 13 October, 2016
Elm Street Residence / James K.M. Cheng Architects, © Ema Peter
© Ema Peter

© Ema Peter © Ema Peter © Ema Peter © Ema Peter +25

BC Passive House Factory / Hemsworth Architecture

13:00 - 23 June, 2016
BC Passive House Factory / Hemsworth Architecture, © Ema Peter
© Ema Peter

© Ema Peter © Ema Peter © Ema Peter © Ema Peter +12

Telus Garden / Office Of Mcfarlane Biggar Architects + Designers Inc.

09:00 - 9 June, 2016
Telus Garden  / Office Of Mcfarlane Biggar Architects + Designers Inc., © Andrew Latreille
© Andrew Latreille

© Ema Peter © Andrew Latreille © Ema Peter © Andrew Latreille +26

Surrey City Centre Library / Bing Thom Architects

15:00 - 8 June, 2016
Surrey City Centre Library / Bing Thom Architects, © Ema Peter
© Ema Peter

© Ema Peter © Ema Peter © Ema Peter © Ema Peter +17

  • Architects

  • Location

    Surrey, BC, Canada
  • Architect in Charge

    Bing Thom Architects
  • Area

    82000.0 ft2
  • Project Year

    2011
  • Photographs

The Compact Wooden City: A Life-Cycle Analysis of How Timber Could Help Combat Climate Change

10:45 - 2 June, 2016
The Compact Wooden City: A Life-Cycle Analysis of How Timber Could Help Combat Climate Change, Sou Fujimoto and Laisné Roussel's proposal for a tall wooden building in Bordeaux. Image © SOU FUJIMOTO ARCHITECTS + LAISNÉ ROUSSEL + RENDERING BY TÀMAS FISHER AND MORPH
Sou Fujimoto and Laisné Roussel's proposal for a tall wooden building in Bordeaux. Image © SOU FUJIMOTO ARCHITECTS + LAISNÉ ROUSSEL + RENDERING BY TÀMAS FISHER AND MORPH

Nowadays the main building materials used in the construction industry are concrete, steel and timber. From the point of view of ecological sustainability, there are four important differences between these three materials: first, timber is the only material of the three that is renewable; second, timber needs only a small amount of energy to be extracted and recycled compared to steel and concrete (but the implementation of its potential is not as developed yet); third, timber does not produce waste by the end of its life since it can be reused many times in several products before decomposing or being used as fuel and; and fourth, timber traps huge amounts of carbon from the atmosphere – a tree can contain a ton of CO2 [1] – and the carbon absorbed remains embedded as long as the wood is in use.

Considering the fact that 36 percent of total carbon emissions in Europe during the last decade came from the building industry,[2] as well as 39 percent of total carbon emissions in the United States,[3] the materiality of construction should be a priority for governments’ regulations in the future as measurements against global warming. The amount of CO2 in the atmosphere and the level of carbon emissions of the big economies across the globe are big issues that need to be solved with urgency in order to avoid larger, more frequent climate catastrophes in the future. The current regulation in several countries of the EU, which is incentivizing the use of renewable materials in buildings, is showing the direction the building industry in many other parts of the world should follow. And if these measures are adopted across the EU and beyond – if other countries start to follow this tendency as well – there will be significantly more wood in cities.

In order to raise awareness of tall wooden buildings, last year Michael Green Architecture reimagined the Empire State Building as a wooden structure. Image © Metsä Wood Limnologen in Växjö, Sweden. Image © Midroc Property Development Early construction of Acton Ostry Architects' Brock Commons Student Residence at the University of British Columbia. When complete in 2017, the 18-story building will be the world's tallest timber building. Image © Acton Ostry Architects Inc. & University of British Columbia Michael Green Architecture was part of a team that proposed the world's tallest wooden buildings as part of the Réinventer Paris competition. Image © MGA +7

Janet Echelman Suspends Net Sculpture Over London's Oxford Circus

12:00 - 15 January, 2016
Janet Echelman Suspends Net Sculpture Over London's Oxford Circus, 1.8 London, Janet Echelman, Lumiere London 2016, produced by Artichoke, supported by the Mayor of London. Image © Ema Peter
1.8 London, Janet Echelman, Lumiere London 2016, produced by Artichoke, supported by the Mayor of London. Image © Ema Peter

London is the latest city to host one of Janet Echelman's stunning net sculptures. Suspended 180 feet above Oxford Circus, the city's busiest intersections, the colorful floating form was inspired by 1.8 - "the length of time in microseconds that the earth’s day was shortened" as a result of Japan's devastating 2011 earthquake and tsunami. 

"The sculpture’s form was inspired by data sets of the tsunami’s wave heights rippling across the entire Pacific Ocean," says the studio. "The artwork delves into content related to our complex interdependencies with larger cycles of time and our physical world. The sculpture’s net structure is a physical manifestation of interconnectedness – when any one element moves, every other element is affected."

UBC Bookstore / office of mcfarlane biggar architects + designers

17:00 - 26 October, 2015
UBC Bookstore / office of mcfarlane biggar architects + designers, © Ed White
© Ed White

© Ema Peter © Ema Peter © Ema Peter © Ema Peter +24

St. Georges / Randy Bens Architect

13:00 - 6 October, 2015
St. Georges / Randy Bens Architect, © Ema Peter
© Ema Peter

© Ema Peter © Ema Peter © Ema Peter © Ema Peter +15

AMS Nest / DIALOG + B+H Architects

11:00 - 21 September, 2015
AMS Nest / DIALOG + B+H Architects, © Ema Peter
© Ema Peter

© Ema Peter © Ema Peter © Ema Peter © Ema Peter +13

  • Architects

  • Location

    The University of British Columbia, 2329 West Mall, Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z4, Canada
  • Area

    11700.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

Houses at 1340 / office of mcfarlane biggar architects + designers

13:00 - 24 August, 2015
Houses at 1340 / office of mcfarlane biggar architects + designers, © Ema Peter
© Ema Peter

© Ema Peter © Ema Peter © Ema Peter © Ema Peter +18

  • Architects

  • Location

    North Vancouver, BC, Canada
  • Principal In Charge

    Steve McFarlane
  • Supporting Principal

    Michelle Biggar
  • Project Architect

    Jean Philippe Delage
  • Team

    Michael Townshend
  • Area

    12591.0 ft2
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

Wood Innovation Design Centre / Michael Green Architecture

13:00 - 19 May, 2015
Wood Innovation Design Centre / Michael Green Architecture, © Ema Peter
© Ema Peter

© Ema Peter Courtesy of Michael Green Architecture © Ema Peter © Ema Peter +12

  • Architects

  • Location

    British Columbia, Canada
  • Design Team

    Michael Green, Carla Smith, Kristalee Berger, Alfonso Bonilla, Jordan van Dijk, Guadalupe Font, Adrienne Gibbs, Jacqueline Green, Asher deGroot, Soo Han, Kristen Jamieson, Vuk Krcmar-Grkavac, Alexander Kobald, Sindhu Mahadevan, Maria Mora, Mingyuk Chen and Seng Tsoi
  • Area

    4820.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

Tall Wood Building and Self-Supported Steel Structure Win RAIC's Innovation Award

17:30 - 17 April, 2015
Tall Wood Building and Self-Supported Steel Structure Win RAIC's Innovation Award, © Ema Peter
© Ema Peter

The Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC) has awarded two British Columbia projects with the 2015 Innovation in Architecture award for their use of wood and steel: Michael Green Architecture's Wood Innovation Design Center in Prince George has been deemed to be an exemplar for tall timber buildings, while Patkau Architects' origami-inspired One Fold research project illustrates the structural potential of folding steel sheets. A closer look at both projects, after the break. 

Fort McMurray International Airport / office of mcfarlane biggar architects + designers

12:00 - 26 March, 2015
Fort McMurray International Airport / office of mcfarlane biggar architects + designers, © Ema Peter
© Ema Peter

© Ema Peter © Ema Peter © Ema Peter © Ema Peter +31

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Unveils Janet Echelman's Latest Work: "Impatient Optimist” in Seattle

00:00 - 12 February, 2015
The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Unveils Janet Echelman's Latest Work: "Impatient Optimist” in Seattle, Janet Echelman / Impatient Optimist. Image © Ema Peter
Janet Echelman / Impatient Optimist. Image © Ema Peter

A new aerial sculpture by renowned artist Janet Echelman has been installed at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation campus in Seattle. Entitled "Impatient Optimist," the sculpture consists of a custom net structure suspended above the courtyard, resulting in an ethereal floating surface which seems to defy gravity. The award-winning artist's piece hovers above the city as a symbol of connectivity and stands as a testament to the impact an individual can have on a broader scale. 

Janet Echelman / Impatient Optimist. Image © Ema Peter Janet Echelman / Impatient Optimist. Image © Ema Peter Janet Echelman / Impatient Optimist. Image © Ema Peter Janet Echelman / Impatient Optimist. Image © Ema Peter +7

Wood Design & Building Magazine Announces Winners of its 2014 Wood Awards

00:00 - 4 February, 2015
Wood Design & Building Magazine Announces Winners of its 2014 Wood Awards, Aspen Art Museum (Aspen, CO) Shigeru Ban Architects. Image © Michael Moran/OTTO
Aspen Art Museum (Aspen, CO) Shigeru Ban Architects. Image © Michael Moran/OTTO

Wood Design and Building Magazine has announced the winners of its 2014 Wood Awards. Run in partnership with the Canadian Wood Council, this year the awards included for the first time an international awards category in addition to the North America awards. With 166 submissions, the 24 awarded projects were selected by a jury consisting of Larry McFarland (Principle, McFarland Marceau Architects), Brigitte Shim (Principle, Shim-Sutcliffe Architects) and Keith Boswell (Technical Partner, SOM).

"The Wood Design Awards showcases exceptional wood buildings that not only display the unique qualities of wood, but also serve to inspire other designers who may not initially think of wood as the material of choice," said Theresa Rogers, Editor of Wood Design & Building magazine. "The calibre of projects submitted displayed a mature sense of design that either paid homage to older building techniques or completely reinvented the conventional way of thinking about building envelope and design," added Etienne Lalonde, the Canadian Wood Council's Vice-President of Market Development.

See the full awards list after the break.

Timber Dentistry (Mino Osaka, Japan) / Kohki Hiranuma Architect & Associates. Image © Satoshi Shigeta Refuge on the Bay of Fundy (Red Bank Farm, Hants County, NS) / Dalhousie School of Architecture Free Lab Students, led by Talbot Sweetapple. Image © William Green Wood Innovation Design Centre (Prince George, BC) / Michael Green Architecture. Image © Ema Peter Vineyard Schmidt at the Lake of Constance (Hattnau 62, Germany) / Ludescher + Lutz | Architekten. Image © Elmar Ludescher +10

South Surrey Recreation & Arts Centre / Taylor Kurtz Architecture+Design

01:00 - 23 July, 2014
South Surrey Recreation & Arts Centre / Taylor Kurtz Architecture+Design, © Ema Peter
© Ema Peter

© Ema Peter © Ema Peter © Ema Peter © Ema Peter +39