– Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication
The purpose of design is to facilitate life. While this appears to be a very simple concept at first glance, we must constantly remember two things, what it means to facilitate and what we mean by life.
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- Urban planning: Human relationships with the urban area – Urban planning requires a tailored approach where systems respond to local cultures and physical contexts to support communities and economies and, in turn, connect people through inspiring spaces, sustainable development and comprehensive planning.
- Architecture: Integrating with the natural landscape – Architectural developments can vary considerably in scale, by sector, and according to their unique contexts, needs and functions. Impactful architecture requires a tailored approach that will reflect its distinctive context including social, economic, and environmental influences.
- Landscaping: A sustainable and edible Landscape – Ecological design implies a deep understanding of the structure, function, and relationships that exist within an ever-changing ecosystem. Utilizing a wide variety of native plants leads to increased biodiversity not only in plant species, but also in the animal populations with which they are connected. This diversity allows the entire community to become more resilient—able to tolerate stress and absorb the impact of a single sudden event or long-term trends, such as climate change. A resilient, sustainable landscape is flexible and adaptive, continually adjusting to the world within and around it. It is able to evolve and endure, but still may need a human hand to guide it.
- Interior Design: Healthy and natural Interiors – We design sustainable interiors. “Sustainable interiors” embrace a few concepts, all of which aim to have a minimal impact on the environment. A sustainable interior incorporates, socially and environmentally responsible material choices, energy efficiency, improved indoor air quality, efficient use of water and design elements that support efficient, healthy and eco-friendly household practices.
– Wood buildings
Wood is increasingly the material of choice for all kinds of construction projects, from schools to senior housing centers, to sports facilities and theatres. Not only is wood environmentally friendly, safe and durable, it is also cost-effective.
Abundant and readily available, wood can often be locally sourced and delivered quickly. It is lighter than other materials, requiring a less expensive foundation. And compared with other materials, building with wood saves money by shortening construction time.
Wood materials are divided into two distinct kinds: hardwoods and softwoods. Although it can be confusing, the names “hard” and “soft” don’t always refer to its actual hardness or softness:
- Hardwoods typically come from broad-leaved (deciduous) trees (those that drop their leaves each fall, also known as angiosperms because their seeds are encased in fruits or pods). Examples include ash, beech, birch, mahogany, maple, oak, teak, and walnut.
- Softwoods typically come from evergreen (coniferous) trees (those that have needles and cones and retain them year-round, also called gymnosperms. Examples include cedar, cypress, fir, pine, spruce, and redwood.
Wood was one of the first natural materials people learned to use, and it’s never lost its popularity. These days, it’s particularly prized for being a natural and environmentally friendly product. Forestry is a rare example of something that has the potential to be completely sustainable: in theory, if you plant a new tree for every old tree you cut down, you can go on using wood forever without damaging the planet. In practice, you need to replace like with like and forestry is not automatically sustainable, whatever papermakers like us to believe. A brand new tree has much less ecological value than a mature tree that’s hundreds of years old so planting a thousand saplings may be no replacement for felling just a handful of ancient trees. Growing trees remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and planting more of them is one way to reduce the effects of climate change. Trees also provide important habitats for many other species and help to increase biodiversity (the wide range of living organisms on Earth). Practiced the right way, forestry is a good example of how people can live in perfect harmony with the planet.
World Leaders In Wood Product Exports
- Supply Chain Improvements: Wood can often be sourced locally and delivered quickly, so it’s cost-competitive with alternative materials like concrete or steel.
- Foundation Cost Savings: Wood is lightweight can reduce foundation requirements—and therefore reduces foundation costs.
- Improving Installation Speed and Timelines: Wood-building systems typically cost less to install than other mainstream structural materials.
- Labor Availability: Experienced wood contractors are widely available, and workers of varying skill levels can quickly learn wood construction techniques.
- Reduced Embodied Energy: Measured over its lifetime—from material harvest through manufacturing, transportation, installation, use, maintenance and disposal or recycling—wood requires less energy and produces less carbon than concrete.
- Lower Greenhouse Gas Emissions: Global life cycle assessment studies have shown that wood construction can offer lower greenhouse gas emissions, less air and water pollution, lower volumes of solid waste and less ecological resource use than other materials.
- Sustainability Certification: Wood can make it easier to attain third-party certification for your project, improving its value and marketability.
The impact of concrete and steel compared to wood:
Montmorency Forest Bridge
Wooden Skyscraper City
Why we should build wooden skyscrapers
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