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Why We Should Build Wooden Skyscrapers

“I have never seen anyone enter one of my buildings and hug a steel or concrete column. But I have seen it happen in a wooden building.” – Michael Green

Renowned architect Michael Green says he specializes in increasingly tall wooden buildings to answer major modern problems. And the reasons start by reducing CO₂ emission. And they go through housing demand equivalent to the growth of populations in the world. But they get to the joy of idealizing creative and cozy environments.

Green’s proposal is to house the growing population of the world in need of housing and to be consistent with environmental trends. When opting for wood, the architect calculates that a building of a certain size, made of concrete, emits 1.2 tons of CO₂ in the atmosphere in the production of raw material. When choosing wood for the same building, the equation is to sequester 3.1 tons of CO₂ from the atmosphere.

Watch the video​1​ on TED.


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    Why we should build wooden skyscrapers. TED. Published 2013. Accessed October 2019.

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