Terreform ONE - plug in ecology farm
Nordic Structures, CLT Condominium in central Quebec City, built in 35 days
Brigitte Shim, Shim Sutcliffe Architects
Community forest map showing 30 year harvest cycle
Central Park Pin Oak
Water tower reclamation in New York City
Ohio barn timber salvage

Wood at Work 2016

Our 2016 conference features a lineup of talks and keynotes by leaders in wood construction, urban development, and  forest conservation at both a local and global level, presenting the latest ideas, acomplisments, projects, and challeges concerning wood as a city-building and global forest conservation tool. See our speakers page for talk details. 

It will also feature live demonstrations, sustainability sourced coffee (by Brooklyn Roasting Company) and chocolate (by world-renowned MAST Chocolate), snacks, hot lunch, and an end of day wine and cheese reception. Participants can watch a Wood Mizer portable sawmill produce timber from recovered NYC trees, transformed on-site into useful objects by local woodworkers.

EVENING BEFORE (Thursday, Oct 27th) 
6pm - 8pm - Pre-conference drinks and snacks at "Superfine" DUMBO, 126 Front St, Brooklyn, MAP

THE CONFERENCE (Friday, Oct 28th)

8:00am - Registration, coffee, breakfast, sawmill demo

8:30am - First round of talks and Keynote: Robert Penn, "The Man Who Made Things Out of Trees"

10:45am - Coffee break!

11:00am - Second round of talks

12:30 - Lunch and round-tables on our four themes

2:00pm - Third round of talks

3:15pm - Coffee break and chocolate tasting table

4:00pm - Forth round of talks

5:00 pm - Panel discussion and resolution

5:45pm - Closing remarks

6:00pm - Reception


Throughout the day we will hear from our speakers in our four interconnected themes: 

1. The Mass Timber Movement: Changing the way we build cities and fight global warming

2. Small Forests, Big Impact: Innovation and entrepreneurship in ‘glocal’ wood supply chains

3. Upcycling Trees: Cities and the wood reclamation revolution. Reducing waste, while creating jobs and opportunities for innovation

4. Tropical Forests, People, and Wood: Sustainable-use models, procurement policies, and certification schemes that support forest conservation





























October 28, 2016

Breakfast + registration: 8:00am – 8:30am
8:30am  Scott Francisco,  MAST Chocolate, Wood Mizer

Opening Inspiration
9:00am – 9:30am,  Robert Penn, Author - The Man Who Made Things Out of Trees 

Wood in the Forest 
9:30am - 10:45am, Saving Tropical Forests Through Improved Livelihoods

Frances Seymour

Senior Fellow at the Center for Global Development, and Senior Advisor to the David and Lucile Packard Foundation

Thinking Globally, Trying to Act Locally

Jeffrey Hayward Vice President for Programs, Rainforest Alliance Mobilizing Markets for Community Forest Enterprise
Jeremy Radachowsky

Director, Mesoamerica and Caribbean Program, Wildlife Conservation Society

More Trees, Fewer Cows: The battle against cattle in Central America's forests
Sarah Jane Wilson

Research Fellow, IFRI; Forest Geographer, University of Michigan

The Future of Forest Work: Visioning, pilots and entrepreneurship with local youth
Robert Maass

Photo Journalist and Film Maker

The Brooklyn Bridge Forest and Uaxactun, Giatemala

Doug Boucher

Union of Concerned Scientists

Sustainably-sourced wood and the Paris Agreement: getting to net-zero 

10:45 - 11am Coffee Break

Mass Timber

Lunch,  breakout activities, round tables: 12pm – 2:00pm

Wood in Construction
1pm – 3:45pm, Best practices and innovation in wood design and technology
Kenneth Frampton

Architecture historian; Ware Professor of Architecture, Columbia University

Wood and Modern Architecture
Donald Chong

Architect; wood specialist

Wood Urbanism: Increment, Prototype, and Material
Jamie Hammel

President, The Hudson Company

Wood Supply Chains, Importing, and Reclamation
Mitchell Joachim Co-Founder, Terreform ONE Plug-In Ecology: Urban Farm Pod and Living Tree Houses
SHoP, Spiritos, and Michelle Roelofs of Arup Architects, engineers, and developers of award-winning wood condo 475 West 18th Street, NYC Tall Timber in Urban Environments: Opportunities and Challenges
Justin Den Herder Senior Engineer, Silman Historic Building on the East River
Saglinda Roberts Assistant Professor of Interior Design, Kean University The Psychological, Aesthetic, and Phenomenological Qualities of Wood
Marc Rivard Regional Director, Design & Construction Services, WoodWorks Wood Products and Applications for Construction
Kenneth Kim Principal and Co-founder, MOREMAS Why Not Wood? Speculating Conditions for Advanced Wood Structures
Jean Marc DuBois Director, Business Development, Nordic Structures Integrating Mass Timber Solutions into the Urban Context
Brigitte Shim Principal, Shim-Sutcliffe Architects State of the Art: Wood Design Awards

Coffee break: 3:45pm - 4:15 pm

Wood in the City
4:15pm – 5:45pm, Panel discussion on policies and procurement in an urban context

Peder Anker, Inaugural Chair, Department of Environmental Studies, New York University, moderator

Lars Laestadius Senior Associate, World Resources Institute Washington, Wood, and International Policy
Bram Gunther President, Natural Areas Conservancy Trees in the Big Apple
Daniel Safarik Director, CTBUH China Office New Research on the Use of Timber in Tall Buildings
Officials, policy-makers TBD Urban sustainability policy and practice; wood in transportation infrastructure

John Vaillant
5:45pm – 6pm, Nature and science journalist; author,The Golden Spruce: Reading and cross-disciplinary discussion

Special presentations: Breakouts and interludes (throughout the day)
Featuring: Japanese saw workshop, cross-laminated timber models, music in wood, tree foods, and more

Wine and cheese reception: 6pm – 8pm in the famous Madagascar! exhibit