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The Woodpecker’s Delight: Nader Tehrani on the Role of Wood Architecture in Culture and Ecology

This guest lecture is presented by Nader Tehrani, Principal of NADAAA, a practice dedicated to the advancement of design innovation, interdisciplinary collaboration, and an intensive dialogue with the construction industry. In a world increasingly challenged by global warming, the construction industry is a major contributor to unsustainable carbon emissions. The identification of naturally renewable resources is a critical factor in determining a sustainable supply chain for the industry. But what is the role of architecture in the equation? This lecture will focus on the role of wood, adopted in its hybrid formats to contribute to the cultural and ecological equation in balance. Speaker Nader Tehrani is the founder of the New York- and Boston-based firm NADAAA and dean of the Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture at New York’s Cooper Union.

Credit: 1 AIA LU/HSW

By the end of the course, you will be able to do the following:

  • Examine scenarios where the construction industry has contributed to unsustainable carbon emissions.
  • Explore opportunities where naturally renewable resources can help create a sustainable supply chain for the construction industry.
  • Understand how wood can be positioned as a solution to solve architectural challenges in terms of sustainability and building design.
  • Assess various hybrid wood formats (such as CLT) which contribute to a more sustainable future for the construction industry.

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