Petit Cercle, Richard Kroeker, Coastal Studio, Dalhousie University
Mass timber CLT construction, courtesy of Nordic Structures
130 year-old joist from Manhattan warehouse - still structurally sound and fire resistant
Grimshaw Architects at Kean University's Highlands Campus
Softwood timber for CLT sourced in North America, courtesy of Nordic Structures
Nordic Structures, Six story condominium in the heart of Quebec City
Manchiche from Uaxactun, Guatemala is milled, dried, shipped, and installed in NYC
Using sustainably sourced, long-lasting tropical hardwood in NYC for human scale and warmth
Jaguar habitat protected by community managed forest, Guatemala; courtesy WCS
Mass Timber meets DIY in "The Littleton Trials" - David Kennedy
"475 West" High rise in Manhattan; SHoP Architects, Arup Engineers and Spiritos Properties
Fort McMurray Airport; courtesy of Structurlam
Araucaria pines in Andean forest, El Bolson, Argentina
Butler Square Building, Minneapolis warehouse district, built 1909, refurbished 1974
Bet Ha’am Synagogue in South Portland, Maine; Shim-Sutcliffe Architects
Terreform 1 - Plug-in urban ecology farm pod, courtesy of Mitchell Joachim
130 year old heavy timber cantilever in East River adaptive re-use project - ready for another 100 years
NYC's million trees initiative creates small forest pockets
Brooklyn Bridge caison, southern yellow pine, circa 1870; Still under the stone towers today!
Brooklyn Bridge wooden Promenade boardwalk
WoodWorks 2015 Design Award: SAC Federal Credit Union Headquarters, Leo A Daly Architects
Alaskan cedar water towers on NYC skyline
Nepali forester Deepika Pandy surveys a community-run pit sawmill at 10,000 feet
Giant South American tree ferns in a community-run protected forest
Community forest conservation provides livelihoods and common goals, Central America
Surveying trees in New York City's natural areas; NAC


Mass timber urban architecture, Tropical forestry, Young entrepreneurs, On-site portable saw mill, Urban trees and timber, Student bridge-building competition... Biomass energy, Global city-forest partnerships... This year's event features another stellar international cast of presentations and participants.

The world is talking about wood and forests! Results from this conference will be formally presented at the United Nations FAO conference in Rome on Oct 31st and Nov. 1st!

Wood at Work is a community of practice and annual conference series that brings together leaders in conservation, forestry, urbanism, architecture, engineering, industry, and social practice to explore today's most advanced ideas, theories, and practices around the use of wood—from forests to cities.

Our mission is to advance the role of wood globally in urban construction, forest conservation, and climate discourse by focusing on the links between sustainable wood use, and the strategies that make sourcing this wood truly beneficial to global conservation efforts and human well-being.

WOOD at WORK 2017 - October 26th + 27th, Montreal, Canada [Presentations in and French with translation available]

This year's conference will be held in Montreal, one of North America's most dynamic urban centers and an epicenter of its mass timber revolution. We will continue to explore leading-edge thinking and practice in the use of wood to build sustainable cities, protect forests, reduce climate change, and support human well-being.

We are excited to announce that Wood at Work 2017 will be co-hosted by McGill University on campus, and by St Jax Montreal, a beautiful historic stone and timber church in the heart of downtown. A "roundtable tour" of recently constructed mass timber buildings will take place during the day of October 26th, followed by an opening keynote and cocktails at the McGill School of Architecture. The full-day conference will take place on Friday, October 27th.

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Wood at Work 2017 is generously supported by:


Read a commentary on Wood at Work 2016, held at the Brooklyn Navy Yard in New York City

Comments on W@W 2016 and 2015:

“I learned so much today; it was well worth the trip across the Atlantic! If I take anything away, it’s that there’s a huge amount to be hopeful about. I normally reflect on the ash tree’s plight, but yet here in this room, you have 100 people thinking about the future of trees and how we’re going to work with them. That future looks bright.”
—Robert Penn, author of The Man Who Made Things Out of Trees

"A compelling force for moving the mass timber building discussion forward." 
—Jeff Spiritos, Spiritos Properties

"This conference is very diverse... so different from many I go to. It’s great!"
—Doug Boucher, Union of Concerned Scientists

"The speakers brought a high level of expertise and enthusiasm... moving us into a realm where wood is a natural extension of modern urbanism, both environmentally and structurally."
—Jean Marc Dubois, Nordic Structures

“Groups like Wood at Work can start to connect the dots and make wood more interesting to international policy makers. The future of building with concrete and steel is pretty bleak, and now is the time to move forward with wood.”
—Alan Organschi,  Timber City initiative, Yale School of Architecture, Gray Organschi Architecture


WOOD at WORK 2016:
Building connections across nature, technology, policy, and culture
Friday, October 28th, 8am - 6pm

THANK YOU for participating in this wonderful event and helping to build our community of practice. 
Please visit the Wood at Work 2016 blog post to see a video and read a recap of the conference.

Wood at Work explores the relationship between global forest conservation, climate change, and using wood to build our environments. Our community of practice is made up of recognized leaders in architecture, wood construction technologies, forest conservation, entrepreneurship, urban planning, real estate, and global policies pertaining to wood use and procurement.

Our 2016 conference will be held at the Brooklyn Navy Yard in the epic Building 128 - the new home of the MAST Brothers Chocolate Brewery. The all-day event will feature talks, demonstrations, and roundtables on the latest research, experiences, challenges, and ideas from the trenches of the wood renaissance, and updates on the projects and collaborations which began at Wood at Work 2015. Location map will be provided to registrants.

Our conference is centred around four themes, listed below. Each theme will have a public panel discussion, as well as a roundtable to facilitate an advanced level of dialogue and create a recommendations brief to be shared with all conference participants. The conference will conclude with all participants co-creating an integrated resolution that builds on all topics and themes, and advances a new framework for conservation and climate-oriented urban policies.

Conference Themes and Roundtables

1. The Mass Timber Movement: Changing the way we build cities and fight global warming
Experts from the field will share the latest building typologies, financial models, regulations, and technologies that are advancing the mass timber movement, as well as potential challenges and pitfalls. Insights and recommendations will be captured in our resolution for future action.

2. Small Forests, Big Impact: Innovation and entrepreneurship in ‘glocal’ wood supply chains
Recent years have seen a surge of interest in local, small-scale enterprise connected to community management, skillful hands-on work, and forest product innovations. This theme explores recent case studies in small-scale wood production in several North American locations, as well as applications in Europe and the tropics. We'll examine this range of ways to reduce forest impact while empowering entrepreneurs and smaller landholders to revitalize rural economies and access global markets.

3. Upcycling Trees: Cities and the wood reclamation revolution
A combination of urban entrepreneurship, cutting-edge technologies, and a focus on urban natures have created opportunities to combine the energy and resources of cities with their often-untapped stock of wood and trees. A city like NYC disposes of over 20,000 tons of wood waste per year. From nanotechnology to urban sawmills, this theme explores how wood waste can become an opportunity for new jobs, inclusive leadership development, and innovation in cities.

4. Tropical Forests, People, and Wood: Sustainable-use models, procurement policies, and certification schemes that support forest conservation
Can proactive procurement have a positive impact on human wellbeing, forest cover, and biodiversity? This theme explores the latest research and case studies on tropical forest conservation through community management, certification schemes, market forces, government regulations, new monitoring technologies, and the ways cultures respond to these innovations.


Wood at Work 2016 was organized and curated by:

 Pilot Projects Wildlife Conservation Society International Forestry Resources and Institutions Natural Areas Conservancy 


Read a summary and see photos of the 2015 conference on Pilot Projects' website and blog.