Timber has evolved from a traditional building material to ‘mass timber’, an engineered high-performance product from which complete construction systems and even high- rise buildings can be made. Mass timber has the potential to usher in a three-fold revolution in the way we build.
- An ecological revolution because of the enormous sustainability benefits of mass timber over its non renewable, fossil-based counterparts.
- An economical, functional and technical revolution through the integration of ICT-based production technologies to support prefabrication of complete building systems in factories, increasing quality, safety and building speed.
- An aesthetic and well-being revolution made possible by the spectacular possibilities of parametric design and the substantial psychological and health benefits of mass timber.Abundantly illustrated, Tomorrow’s Timber covers all the above topics based on the latest scientific insights and statistics and lessons learned from practice. Also included are inspiring case studies from all over the world, which show that the mass timber revolution has already begun.About the authors
Lead Author Pablo van der Lugt (PhD MSc) is a senior sustainability consultant for the wood and bamboo industry as well as a lecturer in Biobased Building at Delft University of Technology (Environmental Technology & Design). Previously he wrote Booming Bamboo, also published by Material District.Co-author Atto Harsta (MSc) is an independent innovation consultant for the building industry and architecture with more than twenty years’ experience, focused on contributing to a healthy and circular built environment.—
Booming Bamboo provides a comprehensive overview of the enormous potential of this sustainable resource. Not only for architecture and design but also for a multitude of other modern applications.
The book starts by introducing the hard facts about resource scarcity that human society now faces. The need to move to a more circular approach based on bio-based materials is urgent. Bamboo is an often overlooked yet very promising contender.
After covering the ‘bamboo basics’ (growth, properties, cultural history, industrialization), the first part of the book introduces the many benefits of bamboo as a fast-growing, sustainable renewable resource. Author Pablo van der Lugt argues how bamboo can play a vital role in climate change mitigation as well as in restoring ecosystems through reforestation.
Abundantly illustrated, the second part of Booming Bamboo presents the various ways in which bamboo can be transformed into many different exciting materials and fabrics. The book concludes by showcasing many examples of the most magnificent, innovative and inspiring bamboo products and projects that have been developed to date.