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

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