October 2018


As humans, we have an innate need to connect with nature. There is a growing body of evidence internationally demonstrating that connection to nature, biophilic design and wood is associated with improved physical and mental well being. However, to date there has been little rigorous primary research conducted. In the context of increasing urbanization and declining exposure to nature, Pollinate undertook a large-scale study investigating the relationship between exposure to wood in the workplace and worker well being. The Workplaces: Wellness + Wood = Productivity report is based on the results of an online survey of n=1000 Australians
working in indoor environments. We start things off in this issue by taking a closer look at the findings of the report.

Cross-laminated timber has been the hottest topic for a while and this trend doesn’t trend seem to be slowing down any time soon. Late last year, design firm IKD unveiled the first hardwood cross-laminated timber (HCLT) structure in the United States at the Exhibit Columbus exhibition. The Conversation Plinth sparked conversation whilst transforming the cityscape but more importantly demonstrated the abilities of hardwood CLT, with the potential to act as a catalyst for a new timber industry. More recently, the American Hardwood Export Council collaborated with Waugh Thistleton Architects and ARUP to launch MultiPly, a nine-meter high,
carbon-neutral wooden pavilion made entirely of American tulipwood. The installation, which was on display as part of the London Design Festival 2018, illustrates how modular cross-laminated construction in hardwood is a viable solution to the current housing crisis.

An annual must-attend event, Dubai Design Week returns for its fourth edition from November 12 – 17, 2018. Taking place at locations across the city, this year’s programme will be the most comprehensive to date, with more than 120 companies participating and 230 events taking place, encompassing exhibitions, commissioned installations, awards and competitions, talks and workshops, tours and experiences for design enthusiasts and public visitors alike. An accessible meeting point for the global design community, since its inauguration in 2015, Dubai Design Week has become a platform for growing and enabling the region’s design scene, attracting 60,000 visitors to the event at d3 alone throughout the 2017 edition. Whilst the complete details have yet to be announced, we are confident that timber will once again be the material of choice for many of the pieces set to go on display next month.

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