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The Future 'Woodscraper'

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The New York Times is grappling with the always-electrifying timber skyscraper question. Smallish timber towers have been designed and a couple have even been built, but the Times references structural research by Chicago-based architects Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM) that points to the possibilities of laminate "mass timber". SOM's model allows for a 42-story tower of 70% wood (the rest concrete), and benchmarks its energy efficiency against SOM's Dewitt-Chestnut apartments— its scores best the older building despite highly-innovative tubular construction. Read on! [NYT, previously]