Wood at Work: Elegant Strategies for Architecture, City-Building, and Forest Conservation
Wood at Work: Elegant Strategies for Architecture, City-Building, and Forest Conservation was one of the world’s first and most dynamic forums focused on the link between sustainable wood use in an urban context, and the strategies that make sourcing this wood truly beneficial to global forest conservation efforts.
Our first Wood at Work gathering in 2015 brought together over 120 influential architects, foresters, policy makers, ecologists, urban planners, scientists, city officials, authors, researchers, artists, craftsmen, and leaders in industries where wood and conservation are both a cultural inspiration and a practical reality. Keynote speakers included renowned architect and historian Kenneth Frampton; Eric Sanderson, director of the Mannahatta Project; Lars Laestadius of the World Resources Institute; and celebrated forest ecologist Robin Chazdon.
Situated in NYC, the global centre of innovative urban thinking, our intimate setting at the Bronx Zoo and multidisciplinary lineup of speakers, panels, and activities fostered the rich discussions and viable solutions that can only come from cross-disciplinary collaboration. All conference participants joined in lectures, panel discussions, and hands-on breakout activities to encourage dialogue, networking, and creative inquiry. The concepts of craftsmanship and culture were explored as critical components of long-term, deeply-rooted change.
We are excited to make this conference an anual event. Wood at Work is securing the beginnings of an international community of practice that has the potential to radically impact the discourse around and implementation of wood products and forest policy in American cities and beyond.
Our Brooklyn Bridge Forest project is an innovative pilot that embodies Wood at Work's aims:
a replicable, city-led initative to preserve a celebrated landmark, protect a lifesaving forest,
and cultivate a lasting global partnership.
Tree foods, wood samples, and print material at the conference.
Bill Keeton presents on managing East Coast forests to mimic old growth patterns.
Kenneth Frampton investigates the Japanese sawing station after his keynote address.
Jamie Hammel of The Hudson Company presents numerous types of reclaimed wood.