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It’s All Wood, Man
Mass timber is taking off across the U.S.—here's what you need to know
Mass timber is gaining steam and is set for another major boost, as recently passed code updates will allow structural timber up to 18 stories high. To keep up with the industry and its quickly changing landscape, we have mapped out the major players and the big issues surrounding wood innovation, from completed projects to boundary-pushing proposals that could shape the future of wood construction.Get caught up on the most important news with our latest timber issue: International Code Council moves to embrace taller mass timber buildings Legislation is slowly but surely easing up the restrictions on mass timber construction, and this code update should help tall timber reach the market. The U.S. mass timber industry is maturing while it branches out In the U.S. mass timber is moving from niche construction technique to industry standard, and manufacturers across the country are rising up to provide. Explore these maps of North America's blooming timber industry AN mapped the schools, organizations, and manufacturers across the U.S. and Canada that are powering the domestic timber boom. Shigeru Ban Architects burnishes its status as a leader in mass timber Known for experimenting with paper tubes and bamboo, Shigeru Ban Architects is burnishing its reputation in tall and mass timber. …
As mass timber becomes more viable, it is being envisioned for a wider range of project types and structures. Here are four designs from around the world that signal what wood's future could look like.Can Sidewalk Labs realize a totally timber smart city? Sidewalk Labs is planning a timber smart city to showcase state-of-the-art technology with help from Michael Green Architecture, Beyer Blinder Belle, and more. CRÈME proposes floating timber bridge to connect Brooklyn and Queens Brooklyn-based CRÈME/Jun Aizaki Architecture & Design's LongPoint Bridge could connect Brooklyn and Queens, offering a new path for commuters. Kengo Kuma is crafting a timber temple to sports for the 2020 Olympics Kengo Kuma's National Stadium for the Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympics is marching to completion and wading through some controversy over its timber. This 18-story building went up in 66 days thanks to the right mass timber products The Brock Commons Tallwood House designed by Acton Ostry Architects was erected in only 66 days thanks to products provided by Structurlam.
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CRÈME proposes floating timber bridge to connect Brooklyn and Queens
Currently the only link between the rapidly developing neighborhoods of Long Island City, Queens, and Greenpoint, Brooklyn, is the Pulaski Bridge, a six-lane drawbridge with a narrow pathway where pedestrians and bikers jostle for space. Brooklyn-based CRÈME/Jun Aizaki Architecture & Design wants to change that by proposing the LongPoint Bridge, a 250-foot-long crossing dedicated to foot and bike traffic.
The bridge is distinguished from its counterparts across the city for its lightweight, floating timber construction. It is anchored on either end by a concrete and steel mast embedded into the waterbed of Newtown Creek (the East River canal that divides Queens and Brooklyn). Glulam beams joined by galvanized steel braces and pins rise in two trussed peaks of armature around the nearly 50-foot-tall masts. The structure is a nod to the area’s industrial past and present while also referencing the iconic profiles of other bridges in the city. Its height above the canal allows smaller vessels to pass underneath, but for larger boats, the bridge pivots open in the middle, with each section moving on propeller-driven pontoons. This floating feature also allows the bridge to rise and fall with the tides.
According to Jun Aizaki, the firm’s founder and principal, the bridge’s design and timber composition allows it to be assembled off-site and installed quickly and inexpensively; in the long term, it will require only minimal repairs. CRÈME also proposes public parks and loading docks to flank the bridge on both ends, along with a pedestrian crossing over the Long Island Railroad commuter rails just beyond the canal. Together with the timber bridge, the pathway would connect commuters to the G and 7 trains on either side.
With the impending L train shutdown in 2019 and the predicted growth of Long Island City as it hosts Amazon’s HQ2, the timing of a quickly constructed, relatively affordable bridge seems ideal. Aizaki and his team, which includes a community organizer, are busy raising support and funds through meetings with public officials and local community members. For Aizaki, the bridge is intended as “a grassroots, rather than developer-initiated, project,” which he hopes will “be a symbol of something the community can be proud of."
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The government shutdown is hurting construction, trade, and manufacturers
Because most public building and infrastructure construction projects in New York City are managed and funded by local government agencies, work will carry on. But that doesn’t mean it will all run as smoothly as expected. As weeks pass on, it will likely become increasingly difficult to import the necessary building materials selected for these construction projects. This is not only because of President Trump’s trade war but because of international shipping delays and a slow-down in safety checks through other agencies. The Federal Maritime Commission is closed and cannot smoothly regulate cargo clearance or port activity. In addition, hazardous materials being imported into the United States might be held up as all port investigators within the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission have been furloughed. What’s more, the Commerce Department can’t process requests from manufacturing companies who want an exemption from Trump’s metal tariffs. These are all big issues for U.S.-based manufacturers that can’t plan for the year ahead if they don’t have an accurate estimate of how much important imported materials will cost them and how long those products will take to reach them. Trump plans to make a televised, prime-time address tonight to discuss what he calls a humanitarian crisis at the U.S. Southern border. It’s unclear whether he’ll give an actual timeline for getting the government up and running again, though he’s repeatedly said he won’t cancel the shutdown until Congress gives him the full $5.6 billion needed to build his border wall. Until then, contractors in every city and state will have to make do with potential delays and money coming from their own bank accounts.
Enough with the memes. Just quit hurting innocent people and re-open the government. https://t.co/7cW20gFriH— Chuck Schumer (@SenSchumer) January 6, 2019
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Governor Cuomo presents plan to prevent L train tunnel closure
If the L train repair plan proceeds as scheduled, one track at a time will be shut down on nights and weekends for up to 20 months. To offset the decrease in service, the MTA plans on increasing service on several other train lines, including the 7 and G.
MTA Acting Chairman Ferrer: "Why wasn't this approach considered earlier?" Because the process had never been applied to a rehabilitation project. In other words, the MTA is extremely unimaginative? Such a rehab project has never been needed afaik, period pic.twitter.com/XctpO6tLW9— Market Urbanism (@MarketUrbanism) January 3, 2019