TED Talk – Michael Green: Why We Should Build Wooden Skyscrapers

I have been following TED Talks for a few years now. Like most websites I have on my “to visit” list, I couldn’t tell you how I found them. It may have been a link on some other website, or a friend on Facebook, or maybe linked on another blog somewhere. What is TED? I’ll steal from their website:

TED is a nonprofit devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. It started out in 1984 as a conference bringing together people from three worlds: Technology, Entertainment, Design. Since then its scope has become ever broader. Along with two annual conferences — the TED Conference and TEDGlobal — TED includes the award-winning TED Talks video site, the Open Translation Project and TED Conversations, the inspiring TED Fellows and TEDx programs, and the annual TED Prize.

New content is posted on TED every day, so I often miss cool stuff. Thanks to one of our Canadian engineers for pointing out a talk by architect Michael Green, who makes a case for why we should build wooden skyscrapers. I did a previous post about the Timber Tower Research Project that Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP did for a 42-story wood framed building. Mr. Green makes the case for taller wood structures from an environmental standpoint and carbon dioxide output of concrete and steel versus wood.

The 12 minute video is worth a listen. The TED Blog post is here: Why tall wooden buildings must be our future: a visual essay by Michael Green.

- Paul