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2014 UK Wood Awards announced

As the UK’s premier award scheme with over 40 years of supporting excellence in the world’s only naturally sustainable material, the not-for-profit competition is the flagship for wood in the best of British architecture, furniture and design.

FREE timber+DESIGN online magazine Dec 2014

timber+DESIGN International is a free online Australian-based publication that features the best in innovative and excellent timber projects from local and international designers.

New Melbourne School of Design building opened

Designed by Melbourne architect John Wardle and Boston’s architect Nader Tehrani, the new Melbourne School of Design (MSD) at Melbourne University is a striking example of innovative design, educational functionality and the use of timber and engineered wood products.

WoodSolutions National Young Builder of the Year

WoodSolutions supports excellence and sustainable practice throughout Australia's design and construction sector. Professional organisations supported include the Master Builders, Housing Industry Association and other industry bodies.

National Carpenter & Apprentice of the Year

National Carpenters Day was part of National Carpenters Week, 17th – 23rd November, 2014. During the week, some 5000 people attended the celebratory BBQ’s held at hardware stores, building supplies and TAFE’s across the nation.

Helsinki Guggenheim Competition

Arguably the world's largest architectural competition, the Helsinki Guggenheim has attracted more than 1,700 entries. Nicolas Pratt, a young Australian architect living in Europe, tells us more....

Ontario Wood Works 2014 Award Winners

Design awards are showcases of the best and most innovative projects involving wood and wood products - and the Ontario Wood Works! 2014 Awards are no exception, as the awards below demonstrate.

Canada's Wood Innovation Design Centre

At 30 metres, the Wood Innovation Design Centre is North America's tallest all wood building. The newly opened building is part of the University of Northern British Columbia's campus.

H2o choose wood for Horsham Genebank

Architect Mark O’Dwyer explains why one of the oldest building materials in the world – wood – makes such a good external insulator. “Timber has that benefit; it’s a wonderful shade screen, an external skin,” he said. “Timber itself likes to expand and contract. It thinks it’s still on the tree. As it heats up and accepts and rejects moisture, it expands and contracts the same way it did when it was in the tree.”

Thoughts from WCTE 2014 - Lisa Thom

Lisa Thom was a Wood Solutions Sponsored Industry Attendee at the World Conference for Timber Engineering, Quebec City 2014. Lisa is a structural engineer and UNSW School of Civil and Environmental Engineering Graduate.

US$2m tall wood building design prize

Internationally the move towards tall timber buildings is gaining momentum. The latest evidence for this is a US$2 million government and industry sponsored design competition in the US.

one:one Adelaide October 10th

Sponsored by WoodSolutions, one:one is a national series of events run by the Australian Institute of Architects through the Student Organised Network for Architecture (SONA) and the Emerging Architects and Graduates Network (EmAGN).

Tall Storeys in UK Guardian

If the proliferation of articles in the mainstream media about tall timber buildings is any guide, we'll soon be seeing a wooden skyline in many cities - this article from the UK Guardian, featuring WoodSolutions Seminar speaker, Michael Green, is an example.

US Report: Tall timber is cost competitive

One of the first questions asked about massive timber building systems (cross laminated timber etc.) is "are they more expensive than concrete and steel?". This article discusses a US report that concludes there is a small saving using timber, although costs are expected to fall as usage rises. WoodSolutions will soon be publishing an Australian cost comparison research report.

New CLT Zurich Elephant House

Hartmut Hering, the author of this blog entry, is a German wood construction engineer living in France and specialising in construction methods and technologies. A full case study of this project will be published on WoodSolutions.

44 new CLT classrooms in Vienna

The increasing use of cross laminated timber (CLT) in areas such as education, healthcare and public/community buildings is changing the way architects, building designers and engineers look at thedse projects.

WCTE Report: Elliot Panizza

The World Conference on Timber Engineering (WCTE) is a biennial event that this year was held in Quebec, Canada. WoodSolutions sponsored a group of engineering students and recent graduates, this is a report from one of them, Elliot Panizza

FREE: timber+DESIGN online August

timber+DESIGN International is a free online Australian-based publication that features the best in innovative and excellent timber projects from local and international designers.

UK's tallest timber structure?

Murray Grove, a ten storey CLT apartment building and many schools, other apartments and more lead the UK's foray into tall timber, but does this Glulam structure rise above them all?

WAF - Wood Excellence Prize Shortlist

Spanning 30 categories and including architects in over 40 countries the WAF awards are the only global architectural awards where all of the shortlisted entrants talk about their projects. Festival attendees can watch presentations from every single shortlisted architect and also find out what the judges think of each project.

New Adelaide CLT apartments

Adelaide's Kent Town in a trendy inner suburb, a stroll across the parklands from the East End precinct of the CBD.

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