Mass timber is taking off across the U.S.—here's what you need to know

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Mass timber is taking off across the U.S.—here's what you need to know

The Barn by !melk features an undulating glulam truss system. (Courtesy Chad Davies/!melk)

Mass timber is gaining steam and is set for another major boost, as recently passed code updates will allow structural timber up to 18 stories high. To keep up with the industry and its quickly changing landscape, we have mapped out the major players and the big issues surrounding wood innovation, from completed projects to boundary-pushing proposals that could shape the future of wood construction.

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International Code Council moves to embrace taller mass timber buildings

Legislation is slowly but surely easing up the restrictions on mass timber construction, and this code update should help tall timber reach the market.

The U.S. mass timber industry is maturing while it branches out

In the U.S. mass timber is moving from niche construction technique to industry standard, and manufacturers across the country are rising up to provide.

Explore these maps of North America’s blooming timber industry

AN mapped the schools, organizations, and manufacturers across the U.S. and Canada that are powering the domestic timber boom.

Rendering of the Kentucky Owl Park
The pyramids will be the center of a pond-filled park catering to bourbon-loving tourists. (Shigeru Ban Architects/Courtesy Stoli Group)

Shigeru Ban Architects burnishes its status as a leader in mass timber

Known for experimenting with paper tubes and bamboo, Shigeru Ban Architects is burnishing its reputation in tall and mass timber.

As mass timber becomes more viable, it is being envisioned for a wider range of project types and structures. Here are four designs from around the world that signal what wood’s future could look like.

Rendering of Sidewalk Labs' Toronto Quayside development
Google’s Toronto smart city will feature mass timber at scale. Beyer Blinder Belle designed the development’s masterplan. (Courtesy Sidewalk Labs)

Can Sidewalk Labs realize a totally timber smart city?

Sidewalk Labs is planning a timber smart city to showcase state-of-the-art technology with help from Michael Green Architecture, Beyer Blinder Belle, and more.

CRÈME proposes floating timber bridge to connect Brooklyn and Queens

Brooklyn-based CRÈME/Jun Aizaki Architecture & Design’s LongPoint Bridge could connect Brooklyn and Queens, offering a new path for commuters.

Kengo Kuma is crafting a timber temple to sports for the 2020 Olympics

Kengo Kuma’s National Stadium for the Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympics is marching to completion and wading through some controversy over its timber.

This 18-story building went up in 66 days thanks to the right mass timber products

The Brock Commons Tallwood House designed by Acton Ostry Architects was erected in only 66 days thanks to products provided by Structurlam.