August 2017


The Malaysian Timber Council (MTC) celebrated its 25th anniversary earlier in July with the announcement of the first Malaysian Wood Awards winners. The awards were a first-of-its-kind initiative in the country where the best architects, owners and developers were acknowledged for building structures with timber. Apart from recognizing outstanding timber-based projects, the awards also aimed to encourage a wider use of timber and revive the build-with-timber culture. In Canada, the Bibliothèque du Boisé won the ‘Green Building Award’ for 2017 from the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC) and the Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC). Hailed as a community destination as well as a signature landmark in Montreal, wood is the visitor’s constant companion: from city to forest, from outside to inside, from hallway to shelving, from reading spaces to the books themselves. Overall, the choice to use wood has greatly assisted in meeting sustainability objectives.

We take a look at a research study entitled Tall Timber: A Global Audit by the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH). The rise of ‘mass timber’ – engineered wood products that are just as robust as their concrete and steel counterparts – has resulted in a worldwide wave of research, built projects, and daring speculative proposals. As a result, CTBUH has audited the explosion of proposed, under construction, and completed timber towers, examining their heights, structures, and locations around the world. The study assessed height, location and construction type, including both all-timber and hybrid designs. Not surprisingly, the report found that 21 timber buildings with a height of over 50 meters are set to be completed by 2019.

The issue also features the first look at Maggie’s Oldham – the world’s first building made from hardwood cross-laminated tulipwood. Designed by dRMM Architects and supported by the American Hardwood Export Council (AHEC), the opening was a pivotal moment for modern architecture and construction. dRMM chose tulipwood for the design of Maggie’s Oldham for the positive in uence wood has on people and for the beauty, strength and warmth inherent to American tulipwood. Also in this issue, Professor Alex de Rijke, Founding Director, dRMM Architects makes a case for building with wood. According to de Rijke, in wood there is hope, humanity, scale, warmth, and nature’s clever plan to absorb carbon. Wood is also a non-toxic, versatile, benign, anti-carcinogenic material and we should be using more of it.

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