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Timber Skyscrapers Aren't Fantasy—Here's The Research That Proves It

Source: Fast Company Co.Design

For years, architects have flirted with the idea of tall buildings made from mass timber, an engineered wood product that some argue is more sustainable than resource-intensive, nonrenewable steel.

"Every design firm out there is trying to find more sustainable ways to build—it’s a good business practice," says Benton Johnson, a structural engineer at SOM. Johnson has been working with Oregon State University to develop and test these new mass-timber structural systems, hoping that his research will help mainstream what's currently an alternative and novel construction methodology.

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