Saturday, October 27, 2012


Innovative Multi-Story Wood Architecture
Short notice but if you’re free this coming Monday, October 29 at noon don’t miss what is certain to be an informative and interesting presentation on a very current topic by Joseph Mayo, Assoc. AIA. Joe was the 2011 recipient of the AIA Seattle Emerging Professionals research fellowship. He traveled widely to study the culture of wood architecture in Europe and Canada, and is in Eugene for a talk drawn from his research and case studies. 

Joe’s presentation accompanies TimberCity, which is an exhibit dedicated to innovative multi-story wood architecture. Documenting new developments in Finland, Norway, Sweden, Germany, Austria, and Canada, it offers insight not only into wood construction and design, but also regional variations in the culture of wood, both historic and contemporary. In these countries, architects, engineers, and designers are challenging conventional notions with novel approaches to age-old problems including durability, stability, and fire safety. In so doing, they are leading a renaissance in the use of wood. 

The Pacific Northwest, like Europe, is grappling with the 21st century realities realities of curbing carbon emissions, promoting density, smart growth, and fostering an architecture of place. The use of wood in architecture offers a partial solution to these issues. TimberCity seeks to reconnect the Pacific Northwest with local, low-embodied energy materials and the latest thinking, design, and scientific wood research from North American and abroad. 

Joe’s presentation and the TimberCity exhibit are sponsored by WoodWorks ( Pizza and an AIA Continuing Education credit come with your attendance. Learn why people are saying timber is the new concrete.

What:      Presentation by Joe Mayo, Assoc. AIA of Mahlum Architects, Seattle 

When:     Monday, October 29 from 12:00-1:00 pm

Where:    206 Lawrence Hall (Student Services exhibit space), University of Oregon, Eugene   

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