Star architect votes for wood
By: David Venables in Environment
Last year I was fortunate enough to introduce the award winning Japanese architect Shigeru Ban at an event for the Hay literary and Arts Festival in the historic Spanish city of Segovia. During his interview with the Director of the Pritzker Prize for architecture, Martha Thorne, he said he often uses wood in his projects because "timber is the only material that is renewable and concrete and steel aren't renewable"; a scientific fact, but one that is not sufficiently acknowledged in the current language of "Green" Building. Too much focus is put on recycling, which better suits those industries that rely on non renewables for their raw material input. It will take more than the voice of one star architect to change perceptions, but it certainly makes a valuable contribution.
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