New York, New York

In 2011,  Cornell University, with partner Technion – Israel Institute of Technology, won a New York City competition to create a new applied sciences and technology campus on Manhattan’s Roosevelt Island in New York City.

MGA created this unsolicited conceptual design for the future campus, to demonstrate the potential for using the principles from The Case For Tall Wood to create the buildings from mass timber.

For more information on Tall Wood: The Case For Tall Wood – Online Publication

The following is an excerpt from The Proposed Tower Solutions – excerpt from The Case For Tall Wood

“Wood is the most significant building material we use today that is grown by the sun. When harvested responsibly, wood is arguably one of the best tools architects and engineers have for reducing greenhouse gas emissions and storing carbon in our buildings. The Case for Tall Wood Buildings expands the discussion of where we will see wood and specifically Mass Timber in the future of the world’s skylines. As we pursue the solar and green energy solutions that Thomas Edison spoke of over 80 years ago, we must consider that we are surrounded by a building material that is manufactured by nature, a material that is renewable, durable and strong.”

The acronym FFTT, used in the Case for Tall Wood, stands for “Find the Forest Through the Trees.” It speaks to the idea that much of the sustainable building conversation is focusing on minutia. While even the minutia contributes and is important, the big systemic change ideas are what we believe will be necessary for the built environment to tackle the scale of the climate change and housing demand challenges facing the world. FFTT is a contribution to hopefully many significant shifts in the way we approach buildings in the next decades. The goal is simply to focus on the forest but never forget the trees.

~Michael Green