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Watch How This Blade Uses One Cut to Make a Perfect Corner

Developed by Andrew Klein, this simple carpentry technique can bring your small-scaled, DIY constructions to new levels.

Klein’s specially designed saw blade has a specific shape that cuts wood without completely breaking it, allowing the board to be folded to form three-dimensional parts with varying uses. 

Check out a series of GIFs showing how it works after the break. 

Study Shows that Timber Buildings Cost Less to Build

A new study shows that timber buildings can be up to 10-15% cheaper to construct than traditional designs in several different building types. The study, “Commercial Building Costing Case Studies – Traditional Design versus Timber Project,” was led by Andrew Dunn, chief executive of the Timber Development Association (TDA) in Australia. Part of a seminar series touring Australia, the report contains detailed designs of four building types in both timber and conventional construction, with a quantity surveyor comparing cost estimates between them. See how timber compared to conventional methods after the break.

TIMBER IN THE CITY: Urban Habitats Competition 2015/2016

The Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA) is pleased to announce TIMBER IN THE CITY: Urban Habitats Competition for the 2015-2016 academic year. The student competition is a partnership between the Binational Softwood Lumber Council (BSLC), the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA) and the School of Constructed Environments at Parsons The New School for Design (SCE).

The purpose of the Competition is to engage students to imagine the repurposing of our existing cities with sustainable buildings from renewable resources, offering expedient affordable construction, innovating with new and old wooden materials, and designing healthy living and working environments.

Olson Kundig’s “Outpost Basel” Lounge Opens at Design Miami/Basel

Seattle-based architects Olson Kundig have opened their "Outpost Basel" pavilion for the Collectors Lounge at Design Miami/Basel in Basel, Switzerland. Incorporating materials and cultural elements from America, Japan, Austria, and Romania, the pavilion is a “high-design space made from everyday materials,” with a design centered on the idea of contrast, much like the concept of yin-yang. Different levels of lighting, material colors, and uses of space are contrasted with balance in order to create a functional, flexible meeting and gathering space.

© Kevin Scott © Kevin Scott © Kevin Scott © Kevin Scott

Could the Empire State Building Have Been Built with Wood?

Michael Green has teamed up with Finnish forestry company Metsä Wood and Equilibrium Consulting to redesign the Empire State Building with wood as the main material. The project is part of Metsä Wood’s “Plan B” program, which explores what it would be like for iconic buildings to be made of timber. Their work shows that not only can wood be used to produce enormous structures in a dense urban context, but also that timber towers can fit into an urban setting and even mimic recognizable buildings despite differences in material.

'De Heuvelrand' Voorthuizen Swimming Pool / Slangen+Koenis Architecten

  • Architects: Slangen+Koenis Architecten
  • Location: Roelenengweg 41, 3781 BA Voorthuizen, Netherlands
  • Design Team: Erik Slangen, Jakko Koenis, Dean Moran, Robert de Boer, Sjef Vosters, Aad van den Berg
  • Area: 1800.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Marcel van den Burg

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IGN and Meteo France Geosciences Center / Architecture Patrick Mauger

© Michel Denancé © Michel Denancé © Michel Denancé © Michel Denancé

Purpose / A+I

  • Architects: A+I
  • Location: Flatiron District, New York, NY, USA
  • Area: 15000.0 ft2
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Magda Biernat

© Magda Biernat © Magda Biernat © Magda Biernat © Magda Biernat

Thao Dien House #2 / MM++ architects

  • Architects: MM++ architects
  • Location: Thảo Điền, Quận 2, Hồ Chí Minh, Vietnam
  • Area: 300.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Hiroyuki OKI

© Hiroyuki OKI © Hiroyuki OKI © Hiroyuki OKI © Hiroyuki OKI

(un)curtain office / dekleva gregoric architects

  • Architects: dekleva gregoric architects
  • Location: Ljubljana, Slovenia
  • Project Team: Aljoša Dekleva u.d.i.a., M.Arch. (AA Dist); Tina Gregorič u.d.i.a., M.Arch. (AA Dist); Lea Kovič u.d.i.a., Vid Zabel stud.arch., Naia Sinde arq.
  • Area: 350.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Janez Marolt

© Janez Marolt © Janez Marolt © Janez Marolt © Janez Marolt

A-Frame ReThink / Bromley Caldari Architects

  • Architects: Bromley Caldari Architects
  • Location: Fire Island Pines, Fire Island, NY 11782, USA
  • Collaborators: Eurometal (stairs), Lynbrook (skylights), North Shore Window & Door (window)
  • Area: 218.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Courtesy of Bromley Caldari Architects

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Sharma Springs / IBUKU

  • Architects: IBUKU
  • Location: Sibang Gede, Abiansemal, Badung Regency, Bali, Indonesia
  • Architect In Charge: The Key Team members
  • Area: 750.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Rio Helmi, Errol Vaes

© Rio Helmi © Rio Helmi © Rio Helmi © Rio Helmi

RAW / Weijenberg Architects

  • Architects: Weijenberg Architects
  • Location: Lequn 3rd Road, Zhongshan District, Taipei City, Taiwan 104
  • Area: 4500.0 ft2
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: mwphotoinc

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Open Call: TREEHOUSING Seeks Innovative Wood Housing and Urban Building Solutions

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations and DBR | Design Build Research School are now seeking entries for TREEHOUSING, an international wood design competition. Housing for the world’s growing urban population and the threat of deforestation are two of the most significant issues facing humanity today. TREEHOUSING challenges architecture students, professional architects and designers to develop innovative wood housing and urban building solutions through two distinct open competitions: TREEHOUSING DURBAN | Tall Wood Housing and TREEHOUSING GLOBAL | Affordable Wood Housing. Read on to learn more. 

Wolf Creek Red Tail / Johnston Architects

  • Architects: Johnston Architects
  • Location: Winthrop, WA, USA
  • Design Team: Johnston Architects, BTL Engineering, Lost River Construction
  • Designer: Ray, Mary Johnston
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Courtesy of Johnston Architects

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