Tuesday, September 25, 2018

The Case for Wood Instead of Concrete

This subject is not new to Big Picture Agriculture...

That’s according to a group of architecture students at MIT who have developed a new design for building massive structures out of timber called the Longhouse. The group will be presenting their vision for a community centered co-working space at the Maine Mass Timber Conference in October, a conference dedicated to finding more sustainable uses for wood which, at least for now, is something the continent possesses in abundance.

“In North America, we have an abundance of forest resources, and a lot of it is overgrown,” John Klein, the MIT researcher who taught the class, told MIT News. “There’s an effort to find ways to use forest products sustainably, and the forests are actively undergoing thinning processes to prevent forest fires and beetle infestations.”

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