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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

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    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 underway.

    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.

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    Stanton Williams designed the Sainsbury Laboratory on the University of Cambridge campus, in Cambridge, England. Photo: Hufton + Crow

    Sainsbury Laboratory Stirling Prize
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    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 Architects (RIBA).

    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.   >>>

     
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    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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    Which architect, famous for churches, wrote some 300 years ago: "The peoples of London may despise some eyesore until it is demolished, whereupon by magick the replacement is deemed inferior to the former edifice, now eulogized in high and glowing reference."

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    The main spans of the longest suspension bridges tend to be how many times longer than the main spans of the longest steel arch bridges?


     
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    "Here is a bungalow of unusually attractive design and plan. It is especially suited to the country but would look well in a suburban location, though it would need a good-sized site to enable its full beauty to be seen. A garage is suggested in the illustration, tied into the house by a brick wall... "

     

     
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