Wood and plants - skyscrapers of the future

Skyscrapers are symbols of modern ambition. But the race to be the tallest is fuelled by steel and concrete, two materials that account for an estimated 8% of global C02 emissions. So, what if the skyscrapers of the future were inspired by nature instead? Two countries in particular – Singapore and Canada – are attempting to transform the urban skyline.

In Singapore, engineering firms like WOHA are coating their buildings with lush, native plants. In Canada, architects and engineers are piloting new designs out of a familiar material: wood. To construct a wooden skyscraper, engineers use mass timber, which is engineered to handle loads similar to concrete and steel.

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