The Future of the Forest
A key driver pushing mass timber forward is environmental advantage. More and more, the design industry hones in on carbon reduction – this is where mass timber really shines. Wood is a renewable resource and, of course, as trees grow they mitigate carbon by taking it from the atmosphere: Timber couldn’t be a better candidate for mitigating climate change when used as a superstructure in large-scale projects.
The potential for growth in the timber industry is vast. It’s important to note that globally, a very small percentage of the world’s forests are used to produce wood for buildings. Even with the amount of growth in the industry over the course of a year we still only use a very small percentage of that for buildings.
Part of our responsibility as design leaders is to demonstrate that they’re economically viable, logistics and sourcing materials notwithstanding. In doing so, we can elevate the entire industry’s knowledge.
In the Spotlight
The Real Deal
DLR Group Partners with Texas A&M on Academic Center
DLR Group is partnering with Hines for the first mass timber academic building at Texas A&M. The Aplin Center will be an immersive learning laboratory for new university programs in hospitality and retail studies.
Mass Timber Innovation: The Hospitality Prototype
The world has reached a crucial tipping point around carbon emissions. Could timber construction be the answer for the hospitality industry?
Biophilia and Mass Timber at Swarthmore College
Our partnership with Swarthmore College for the Dining and Community Commons Project focuses on equitable community and ambitious sustainability goals.
Metropolis Magazine Names DLR Group a Responsible Disruptor
Our work on mass timber for hotels was honored for its representation of positive change and healthy innovation in architecture and design.
Materiality and Hospitality: Researching Mass Timber Design for Hotels
Rising demand for travel means fresh design opportunities to open conversations about lowering the carbon impact of new hotels.
Unprecedented Optimism in Climate Commitments for Higher Education
As institutions nation-wide rethink educational delivery models and the future of higher education in general, they recognize an incredible opportunity to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions.
A Look Ahead to Learning in 2050
Communities must arrive at the right definition of “school” for their needs, and an appropriate rate of change to transition to a future-facing environment.
A Laser Focus on Design in Higher Education
We heard students want to return to their academic, extracurricular, and social activities associates with campus life – and that they need the physical campus to change and evolve.