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Can Future Cities be Timber Cities? Google’s Sidewalk Labs Asks the Experts

05:00 - 23 October, 2018
Can Future Cities be Timber Cities? Google’s Sidewalk Labs Asks the Experts, Courtesy of MGA. ImageMGA reenvisioned the Empire State Building in mass timber construction
Courtesy of MGA. ImageMGA reenvisioned the Empire State Building in mass timber construction

Steel and concrete facades have dominated contemporary cityscapes for generations, but as pressures from climate change pose new challenges for design and construction industries, some firms are turning to mass timber as the construction material of the future. But could it be used for structures as complex as skyscrapers? 

The Dock Building / Michael Green Architecture

13:00 - 23 June, 2018
The Dock Building / Michael Green Architecture, © Ema Peter
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The United States' Largest Timber Office Building to Be Constructed in Newark

14:10 - 5 February, 2018
The United States' Largest Timber Office Building to Be Constructed in Newark, © Michael Green Architecture / Lotus Equity Group
© Michael Green Architecture / Lotus Equity Group

Plans for the United States’ largest mass timber office building in Newark, New Jersey have been revealed by developer Lotus Equity Group and Michael Green Architecture.

A part of the Riverfront Square redevelopment project – which will feature 11.8 acres of mixed-use buildings by TEN Arquitectos, Practice for Architecture and Urbanism (PAU), Minno & Wasko Architects and Planners and Michael Green Architecture and parkland designed by James Corner Field Operations – the Riverfront Square office building will contain up to 500,000 square feet of Class A office space within its cutting-edge timber-framed structural system.

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2016 Wood Design & Building Magazine Award Winners Announced

06:00 - 1 February, 2017
2016 Wood Design & Building Magazine Award Winners Announced, Courtesy of Wood Design & Building Awards
Courtesy of Wood Design & Building Awards

The 2016 winning submissions of Wood Design & Building magazine’s annual Wood Design Awards have been announced, each project demonstrates innovative approaches to and excellence in wood construction within architecture and design.

“For architecture to truly be successful, it must transcend buildings and fulfill the structural, functional and aesthetic needs of a community,” said Vice-President of Market Development for the Canadian Wood Council, Etienne Lalonde. “The Wood Design Awards program is an opportunity for design teams to showcase applications of wood/wood products that ultimately lead to safe, strong and sophisticated buildings and that inspire others to use wood in construction.”

Of the approximately 200 submissions, 22 projects were selected as award recipients across seven categories, selected by an esteemed jury consisting of Peter Bohlin, Patricia Patkau and Brian Court. Special awards were also presented by the Canadian Wood Council.

Here are the 2016 award recipients…

The Smile. Image Courtesy of Wood Design & Building Awards Samuel Beckett Civic Campus. Image Courtesy of Wood Design & Building Awards Wild Turkey Bourbon Visitor Center. Image Courtesy of Wood Design & Building Awards Nanjing Wanjing Garden Chapel. Image Courtesy of Wood Design & Building Awards + 20

T3 / Michael Green Architecture + DLR Group

12:00 - 6 January, 2017
T3 / Michael Green Architecture + 	DLR Group, © Ema Peter
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Could the Empire State Building Have Been Built with Wood?

08:00 - 16 June, 2015
Could the Empire State Building Have Been Built with Wood?, Courtesy of Metsä Wood
Courtesy of Metsä 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.

MGA Proposes World's Tallest Wood Building in Paris

16:00 - 1 June, 2015
MGA Proposes World's Tallest Wood Building in Paris, © MGA
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Michael Green Architecture (MGA) and DVVD has teamed up with REI France developments to propose the world's tallest wood building in Paris. The carbon-neutral proposal, developed as part of the city’s innovative Réinventer Paris competition, aims to alleviate the city's urban housing challenges.

“Our goal is that through innovation, youthful social contact and overall community building, we have created a design that becomes uniquely important to Paris,” said Michael Green, Principal of MGA. “Just as Gustave Eiffel shattered our conception of what was possible a century and a half ago, this project can push the envelope of wood innovation with France in the forefront. The Pershing Site is the perfect moment for Paris to embrace the next era of architecture.”

Wood Innovation Design Centre / Michael Green Architecture

14:00 - 19 May, 2015
Wood Innovation Design Centre / Michael Green Architecture, © Ema Peter
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  • 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 m2
  • 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
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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.

TED: Why We Should Build Wooden Skyscrapers / Michael Green

00:00 - 14 July, 2013

Building a skyscraper? Forget about steel and concrete, architect Michael Green says build it out of wood. As he details in this intriguing talk, it's not only possible to build safe wooden structures up to 30 stories tall (and, he hopes, higher), it's necessary.