The day after a massive fire destroyed the oak-beamed structure of the Notre Dame and collapsed its spire, French President Emmanuel Macron promised the nation the historic cathedral would be rebuilt—and be “more beautiful than before”—within five years, a timetable many experts consider impossible.
France’s Prime Minister Édouard Philippe has announced an international architectural competition to redesign the roofline of the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris after a massive fire destroyed the oak-beamed structure and collapsed its spire.
A massive fire has destroyed much of Paris’ iconic Notre Dame Cathedral, considered one of the world’s greatest architectural treasures. The fire broke out Monday, April 15, evening on the cathedral’s roof and quickly consumed the more than 850-year-old building.
British Columbia is taking steps to revive the province’s forest industry by requiring the use of engineered wood on two major projects: the new Royal BC Museum in Victoria, and the new St. Paul’s Hospital in Vancouver.
Registration is open for the Ontario WoodWorks TimBEER engineering workshops, held in Ottawa and Toronto. The events will discuss new developments in mass timber design and explore interesting timber projects through interactive design sessions and live testing demonstrations. Additionally, attendees are invited to sample beer from local breweries.
The Brock Commons Tallwood House at the University of British Columbia (UBC) is nearing completion. This 18-storey timber hybrid residence in Vancouver will be the tallest contemporary mass-wood building on the planet.
Most architects and engineers have historically defaulted to steel and concrete when designing tall buildings, bridges, and other towering structures. Over the past few years, however, commercial designers have begun to reconsider the suitability of wood as a structural building material.
In September, the Holcim Foundation for Sustainable Construction announced the winning projects for the North American region of its international awards program. One of the six recipients in the Next Generation category for young designers was Toronto’s Jonathan Enns (Enns Design/solidoperations).
The building industry consumes 40 per cent of the world’s energy, and is responsible for more than 38 per cent of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, according to studies completed by the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD 2009). The energy demand and its costs will continue to increase; this explains why Canadian building code requirements are becoming more stringent.