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Over 30,000 plants, shrubs and trees would grow from 377-ft timber tower

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Assuming the recently unveiled Rainbow Tree by Vincent Callebaut Architectures is actually built, the greenery-covered timber tower will rise to an impressive height of 115 m (377 ft) in Cebu, Philippines. The project will also feature significant sustainable design, including solar panels and wind turbines. According to Vincent Callebaut Architects, the Rainbow Tree will be built from a total of …

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Earth Day 2020: Sustainability experts pick their favourite green buildings in Vancouver

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Ghazal Ebrahimi says there’s a typical misconception about green buildings. It’s that environmentally friendly buildings are boring and look like shoeboxes. She recalled that during the time she worked as an architect, she would tell clients that green buildings can be pleasing to the senses. “I always had to explain that a green building doesn’t need to be boring,” Ebrahimi …

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HDR will design a mass timber Ramada Hotel

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A new 82-suite, 12-story mass timber Ramada Hotel is set to rise in Kelowna, British Columbia in a space that is currently surface parking.  HDR will provide architectural design services for the project, which takes advantage of British Columbia’s new regulations allowing mass timber construction up to 12 stories. The tower will be built using partial encapsulation and exposed CLT, …

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Timber Composite Tower in Milwaukee To Begin Pre-Leasing

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New Land Enterprises will begin pre-leasing apartments in Ascent, a proposed 25-story apartment tower made from mass timber, in the coming days. A brochure will include floor plans, prices, and interior finishes. “If you are signed up on our email list, you will get that link direct,” said firm director Tim Gokhman. A sign-up form is available on the project …

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MASSLAM passes extreme fire test in an Australian first

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MASSLAM, ASH’s range of massive timber members, has passed Australia’s first 120 minute ‘loaded’ beam fire test. The glue-laminated members undertook the 120 minute Fire Resistance Test (FRT) and Fire Resistance Level (FRL). Following the requirements as listed in the Australian Standards 1530.4 : 2014, each MASSLAM member passed 2 hours of fire, reaching above 1,000 degrees Celsius, while still …

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Material of the Future: 4 Architects that Experiment with Cross Laminated Timber

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Featured Image: Gilles Retsin and Stephan Markus Albrecht’s Nuremberg Concert Hall proposal takes advantage of the project’s location in the Bavaria region a Germany, an area known for its abundance of timber. Image© Filippo Bolognese Every so often, the field of architecture is presented with what is hailed as the next “miracle building material.” Concrete enabled the expansion of the …