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Supertall timber: impossibly high wooden skyscrapers

Monday 11 March: 6:00pm - 7:00pm

Department of Chemistry, Bristol-Myers Squibb Lecture Theatre, Lensfield Road, CB2 1EW

Presented by Cambridge Philosophical Society

An urbanising global population is leading to an increasingly dense built environment. Often this means people living and working in taller buildings. Throughout history – and in many parts of the world today – timber and other plant-based materials have played a major role in low-rise construction; but despite the many environmental, aesthetic and construction advantages, the natural variability and limited dimensions of these materials mean that they have not historically proved suitable for tall building construction. However, a new generation of engineered timber and plant-based products allow many of the limitations of variability and size to be overcome.

Dr Michael Ramage discusses how the Super Tall Timber project seeks to provide the understanding necessary to design and construct tall buildings using these new materials.

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