1 – Tall buildings. Chicago and New York invented the skyscraper because America had the technology and an extremely competitive commercial context. Skyscrapers started to rely on load-bearing structures in masonry. Later, skyscrapers as the Empire State Building, with a steel structure enclosed with masonry elements, become the standard. After the Second World War, lighter steel structures with a central core
We are in trouble! How are Germans dealing with the goal of Climate Change Mitigation? They outlined a series of objectives and actions where the Charter for wood is an important protagonist. I chose to write about this Charter because it is related to architecture and construction, and it is about…Wood. The pressure of additional 2,5 billion people will increase resources’ consumption.
A book that really impressed me, when I started to study wood construction, was Colin Davies' "The Prefabricated Home" (Reaktion, 2005). For my architectural generation, the concepts of authorship, place, and solidity were part of a set of unquestionable principles. The Portuguese architects we admired expressed these values without being necessary to theorize them. At that time, one of the
In an earlier post, I addressed the "renaissance of wood". Following that I will present the facts that I believe are the most important to consolidate some of the arguments in favor of the use of wood in architecture. Wood is used by man for the merit of its own qualities, but the arguments that are presented to convince us to
Why should we build with wood? Wood swells, shrinks, splits, burns, rots, and changes color. But, worse yet, it is a material that, if we want to use it in construction, we have to cut trees. After all these facts, why then should we build with wood? The answer requires an argumentation that will have to take into account other questions