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Construction Materials - #1

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For most observers, construction sites have become very predictable. Frames of steel are layered in slabs concrete for months on end before being clad in a curtain of glass. When thinking about the future of construction materials, most would think researchers are dealing with how to make these staples of the construction industry stronger, lighter and greyer. However, one architectural student in British Columbia, Canada wants to change the public perception of advanced construction technology. For the newest 30 storey tower in Vancouver, this student has chosen what they believe is the future of skyscraper design: wood. Using a timber frame of specially treated wood, the student and the city are hoping to showcase alternative construction technologies using one of the world’s most abundant renewable resources. Although it remains to be seen whether or not it can been proven as a viable alternative to traditional building practices, it will certainly help break up the monotony of the modern day construction site.

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