The rise of tall wood

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The Church of the Transfiguration at Kizhi Pogost
credit: Wikipedia/ The Church of the Transfiguration at Kizhi Pogost

This is a series where I take my lectures presented as adjunct professor teaching sustainable design at Ryerson University School of Interior Design in Toronto, and distill them down to a sort of Pecha Kucha slide show of 20 slides that take about 20 seconds each to read.

Wood has been used for tall buildings for a very long time; the Church of the Transfiguration in Kizhi Pogost built in 1708, is still probably the biggest and tallest wood building in the world, at 123 feet or 37.5 meters.

But wood fell out of favor; much of the big and accessible stuff got chopped down, and wood burns, as cities like Chicago and Tokyo found out. When steel became common and affordable it took over the tall building world, along with poured reinforced concrete.

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