The Material Revolutionizing the Construction Industry? Wood

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When the empire state constructing was completed in 1931, the 102-story skyscraper ranked as the tallest in the globe, a beacon of American progress as nicely as a lightning rod for Midtown Manhattan. And the content that designed it attainable was steel — or so individuals thought right up until 2015, when Canadian architect Michael Environmentally friendly confirmed that an equivalent framework could be fabricated out of timber.

Environmentally friendly was not proposing replacing the twentieth-century icon. His

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