Timber Trends: 7 To Watch for 2020

Friday 14 Feb 2020

Today we’re experiencing another seminal moment within the evolution of timber. Nourished and strengthened by technological advances, new prefabrication systems, and a series of processes that increase its sustainability, safety, and efficiency, timber structures are popping up in the skylines of cities and in turn, is reconnecting our interior spaces with nature through the warmth, texture, and beauty of wood. Where will this path lead us?

Below, 7 trends are reviewed that suggest this progress is only set to continue this year, increasing both the capabilities and height of timber buildings in the years to come.

1. New Tools: Streamlining the Design and Construction Processes
2. Cutting-edge Technology: Millimeter Manufacturing, Modular Systems, and New Materials
3. New Business Models: Integrating the Project Life Cycle in a Single Process
4. Changes in Building Codes: Breaking Myths and Expanding Possibilities
5. Climate Action Policies: Governments Boost the Use of Timber
6. Biophilic Design: Reconnecting Humans with the Natural
7. Ongoing Research on Timber's Performance is Expanding its Possibilities

All the signs seem to indicate that in 2020 and beyond, wood will take a leading role in the development of the cities that we will inhabit in the future. Timber has a potentially important role to play in helping architects, developers and urbanists address one of the greatest challenges of the next decade: the need to respond to the inevitable densification of our cities and deliver habitable spaces of high environmental quality without losing the inherent connection between humans and nature.

To read more about these trends and download a summary report visit Thinkwood.com

Source: archdaily.com

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