Wood is an unrivalled natural resource and ecological building material. The United Nations proclaimed 2011 the International Year of Forests. To coincide with this, the architecture museum, together with the specialist department of timber construction at the TU Munich, presented the technical, economic and design possibilities of the material at a large exhibition called “Building with wood – The Path to the Future.” As a renewable resource, wood is the perfect blend of nature with technology: it utilises solar energy, stores carbon dioxide and is a universal construction and material.
The accompanying scientific publication analyses the ecological significance, the technological potential and the new aesthetics of the familiar material of nine renowned specialists. 50 selected international examples illustrated the new digital production methods, and the architectural diversity of modern wooden structures, from the low-energy house through to wide-span structures and high-rise buildings. “Building with wood – The Path to the Future” is the accompanying book to the exhibition at the architecture museum of the TU Munich in the Pinakothek der Moderne.