What we're about

This is an industry-led, informal gathering of construction industry professionals, real estate developers and clients interested in building smarter, greener, faster and better with wood. The focus is on prefab wood buildings, relatively new-to-the-US materials such as cross laminated timber (https://goo.gl/tP4Qcm) (CLT), and digital fabrication of mass timber products and wood buildings in general.

Here are three great articles published in January 2020 by the Google Sidewalk Labs team on Mass Timber.

• Introducing PMX: Our model for how tall timber buildings could work in cities (https://medium.com/sidewalk-talk/introducing-pmx-our-model-for-how-tall-timber-buildings-could-work-in-cities-4402fab7ac45)

• Exploration 1: How to design a timber building that can reach 35 stories (https://medium.com/sidewalk-talk/exploration-1-how-to-design-a-timber-building-that-can-reach-35-stories-1c68de983390)

• Exploration 2: How to design a timber building that’s easy to make in a factory (https://medium.com/sidewalk-talk/exploration-2-how-to-design-a-timber-building-thats-easy-to-make-in-a-factory-48ade4e4487f)

More information on Google Sidewalk's mass timber projects here (https://www.sidewalktoronto.ca/).

Mass Timber neighborhoods are in development in many countries including:

• Canada: Google Sidewalk's Quayside in Toronto (https://www.archdaily.com/911805/snohetta-and-heatherwick-design-a-timber-city-for-sidewalk-labs). In addition to using mass timber on multiple campuses, Google Sidewalk is leading this development as prototype for cities around the world. Masterplan (https://www.sidewalktoronto.ca/).

• Japan: Toyota (https://global.toyota/en/newsroom/corporate/31171023.html) is developing an innovation city of mass timber (https://www.treehugger.com/green-architecture/bjarke-ingels-group-and-toyota-are-building-wild-woven-and-wooden-city-future.html) by designed by BIG (https://big.dk/#projects-twc)

• Sweden: Masthamnen in Stockholm (https://www.businessinsider.com/swedish-architect-planning-to-build-31-wooden-skyscrapers-in-stockholm-2018-10#each-of-the-31-proposed-wooden-skyscrapers-would-be-25-to-35-floors-tall-they-would-feature-3000-apartments-along-with-30-shops-and-restaurants-6) by Anders Berensson Architects (http://andersberenssonarchitects.com/work/masthamnen/)

• Denmark: A 7,000 unity neighborhood (https://archpaper.com/2020/01/henning-larsen-all-timber-neighborhood-in-copenhagen-faelledby/) designed by Henning Larsen (https://henninglarsen.com/en/projects/1900-1999/1915-faelledby/)

The U.S. West Coast is the most productive timber region in the country and has growing housing shortages. We need mass timber neighborhoods and event cities - the time is now.

This group is managed by Greg Howes (https://www.linkedin.com/in/greghowes), a partner at the Mass Timber fabricator, CutMyTimber (http://www.cutmytimber.com/). The team at CutMyTimber has 15 CLT projects completed or underway and over 20 years of experience in mass timber digital fabrication in Europe, Canada and the U.S. on hundreds of mass timber buildings. We are also the only team team in the U.S. to operate multiple Hundeggers plus a Kruesi CNC line and other industrial wood robotics. Based in Oregon, the biggest wood producing state, we fabricate as a partner in an integrated digital wood supply chain using CLT, timber frame solid wood, custom fabricated engineered timbers and panelized roof and wall panels. We also offer prefab Passive House buildings. We collaborate with a global and expanding network of partners to help grow the wood innovation ecosystem.

We collaborate with other groups like the TallWood Design Institute (http://tallwoodinstitute.org/), a joint initiative of Oregon State University Colleges of Forestry and Engineering and University of Oregon's College of Design and other universities, research groups, wood advocacy groups and private companies worldwide.

Why Seattle and the Pacific Northwest?

https://youtu.be/YuAya0hRjwU

We will explore new digital construction processes like computer-aided-manufacturing/CNC/Robotics and digital fabrication (https://goo.gl/ewbY3J) /prefab (https://goo.gl/ayMwzg) and discuss 3D data modeling including interactive simulation. Although the focus of these meetups will be primarily on wood digital fabrication, we plan to include discussions of digital fabrication of other materials including metals (https://www.azahner.com/) , concrete (http://odico.dk/) and composites (http://www.kreysler.com/) from our friends in the non-profit Digital Fabrication Network (http://dfabnet.org/) (I am a co-founder and Vice Chairman).

https://youtu.be/q5Y3fdRLp_c

Open Source Wood Initiative From Finland

Our group aims to bring together architects, engineers, construction professionals, real estate developers, code officials, municipal planners, clients and anyone with an interest in helping make the Pacific Northwest a leader in timber technologies and building with wood.

https://youtu.be/9He_c3HUadY

From Danish friends of Wood

Meetings will include plenty of networking and discussion time and multiple presentations including in person speakers as well as web presentations from innovators in Germany, Finland, Switzerland, Australia, etc. Our goal is to create an interactive discussion space, local network and online community in which individuals can learn from each other, find projects and partners and connect with others in the growing global community of wood innovation.

https://youtu.be/D7I12JUVgWA

Albina Yard Building in Portland, Oregon https://goo.gl/LRhPmy

First in the U.S. domestically fabricated CLT as a structural element.

We have already developed a global network of building innovators with our AEC Hackathons (http://aechackathon.com/) (32 thus far in 11 U.S. cities and 6 other countries) and we believe the fastest way forward is through open innovation with partners in North America, Europe and Australia and elsewhere/everywhere - let's stop reinventing the wheel and use the best tools and work with others at the forefront of change.

https://youtu.be/CajfvKf5SZY

TED Popup Stage, Vancouver BC
Digital Fabrication of Timber
One week assembly time on site

Our collaborators at the TallWood Design Institute organize monthly mass timber meetings in Portland https://www.meetup.com/Critical-Mass-Timber-Meetup/ so join them when you are in Portland (we will organize a tour of our Portland factory in 2018).

The Mass Timber Conference also takes place in Portland on March 20-22nd (http://www.masstimberconference.com/) and we are in discussions with the organizers of that event about how to share/link informative and better connect the Seattle community to rapidly emerging global networks.

Join us to help make the Pacific Northwest a global leader in timber technologies, prefab, digital fabrication, digital design and innovative architecture and smart, green building.

Online Resources

Wood Organizations
Rethink Wood (https://www.rethinkwood.com/)
Woodworks (http://www.woodworks.org/), U.S. and Canada
Wood for Good, UK (https://woodforgood.com/why-choose-wood/)
Nordic Wooden Cities (http://www.nordicwoodencities.com/), Nordic Countries
Make It Wood, Australia (http://makeitwood.org/)

CLT and Mass Timber Online Communities
Linkedin - Cross Laminated Timber - The Lumber Sandwich (https://www.linkedin.com/groups/2962131)

Conferences and Events

Ligna (http://www.ligna.de/home) - Hannover, Germany - Leading wood processing trade fair
Forum Holzbau (https://www.forum-holzbau.com/), Germany -
Mass Timber Conference, Portland, Oregon (http://www.masstimberconference.com/)
(https://goo.gl/jUnL72)

Research
TallWood Design Institute (http://tallwoodinstitute.org/)

Hackathons
AEC Hackathon (http://aechackathon.com/) - Architecture, Engineering and Construction Hackathon

Digitalization of the global construction industry reports
Mckinsey, Imagining Construction's Digital Future (https://www.mckinsey.com/industries/capital-projects-and-infrastructure/our-insights/imagining-constructions-digital-future)
McKinsey, Reinventing Construction through a productivity revolution (https://goo.gl/hjNJd3)
World Economic Forum, Shaping the Future of Construction (http://www3.weforum.org/docs/WEF_Shaping_the_Future_of_Construction_full_report__.pdf)
The Economist, The construction industry's productivity problem (https://goo.gl/HdRmNp)

Autodesk
The Future of Making in Construction: Manufacturing buildings vs. building them (https://goo.gl/pjcpZs)

https://youtu.be/r0CKSokYCVQ

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