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A recent industrial clearcut in the O&C checkerboard lands of western Oregon runs indiscriminately over steep slopes and headwaters streams. The standing forest seen here on the left and in the middle distance is on public land sections managed by the BLM. Another clearcut, on the next industrial forest land section, is visible on the skyline. Photo: Kevin Matthews/ArtificeImages
The Corruption of Wood
by Kevin Matthews
Trees are fundamental to urban landscapes and
natural ecosystems. Wood from trees is a fundamental
material for architecture.
The tension between wood in living trees, and wood in
buildings and other products, is arguably at an
all-time-high on planet Earth.
This is especially in North America, where primary
harvest of irreplaceable primeval forest, having swept
across the continent during the last 300 years, is still
In the Pacific Northwest of the United States and
Canada, even as fierce political battles rage over the
logging or conservation of the last few percent of older
forests on public lands, vast acreages of once-vibrant
forest in private industrial ownership is being stripped
and scoured rapidly.
Wood is beautiful, used well in our homes, shops, and
offices. Where it comes from, and the destruction
wrought in its taking, can be very ugly.
What would it take to use wood from the Pacific
Northwest, the world's largest softwood lumber-producing
region, in a truly sustainable, green way?
Most basically, to use wood sustainably, we have to
collect what we need from the forest while keeping the
overall forest intact.
Stanton Williams designed the Sainsbury Laboratory on the University of Cambridge campus, in Cambridge, England.
Photo: Hufton + Crow
Sainsbury Laboratory Stirling Prize
by David Owen
A stately temple of science has recently been added to
the University of Cambridge campus. The limestone-clad
Sainsbury Laboratory, a major plant science research
center in Cambridge, England, has received the Stirling
Prize for 2012 from the Royal Institute of British
Rooted in Darwin's Garden
Designed by Stanton Williams, the Sainsbury Laboratory is an 11,000-square-meter (120,000-square-foot) BREEAM Excellent-rated facility set in the University of Cambridge Botanic Garden, a Grade-II listed historic place conceived by Charles Darwin's mentor, Professor John Henslow, for cataloging plant species.
Sensitive integration of the new building with this site was a crucial design goal. To hold down the building's height, the lowest of its three stories is entirely underground. With the site's gradual slope, the ground floor is also set partly below grade, creating a solid base to support the prominent top floor.
This distinction between floors also reflects the building's programmatic composition, with the laboratory spaces literally and metaphorically elevated, and wrapped in a limestone colonnade.
The building's plan is also designed to nest elegantly within the garden's circulation pattern. On the north side, the building's solid base gives way to glazing and pulls back from the floor above, forming a sheltered and transparent main entrance. This serves as the starting point for a path that leads through the building and out into the garden.
The Haus am Weinberg, in Stuttgart, Germany, was designed by UNStudio. Photo: Iwan Baan/ Courtesy UNStudio
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UNStudio in Stuttgart, Germany
Built on the site of an ancient hillside vineyard east of Stuttgart, Germany, the Haus am Weinberg is a large, white modernist composition poised on its site. Designed by UNStudio, the 618-square-meter (6,650-square-foot) four-story home overlooks river-valley farmland and stands in stark contrast to the brick and wood buildings that surround it.
Haus am Weinberg is generally rectangular in plan, and extensively glazed. From the outside, the three-level home's structure appears to be a series of counterweighted surfaces that cantilever to shade the glass walls that separate inside from out.
At key points, the home's solid horizonal surfaces fluidly into transition walls, connecting each floor or roof plane with the one below and deftly balancing the building on its sloped site. At one corner, the second floor plane smoothly bends upward to join the roof.
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