Awards were recently announced for a student design competition, Timber in the City: Urban Habitats, which explored wood as an innovative building material. The winning entrants, with prizes totaling $40,000, were chosen based on the design’s ability to integrate wood as the primary structural material while meeting the needs of the local community.
Organized by the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA), the Binational Softwood Lumber Council (BSLC), and Parsons The New School for Design, the competition attracted more than 850 architectural students – engaging them to create sustainable buildings, with a focus on innovations in wood design.
“Today, timber is being used in new, innovative ways to help address the economic and environmental challenges of the build environment,” said Cees de Jager, executive director of BSLC. “This competition brought to life the way the design community is recognizing the benefits of wood – from reduced economic and environmental impact to enhanced aesthetic value and structural performance – to design buildings and communities of the future.”