The development, planning and execution of buildings are hot
topics in the sustainability debate and wood as a construction
material has gained a lot of attention therein. Wood is a material
with a rich history in Västerbotten and still of great importance
in the local industry. This was also the point of departure
when Umeå School of Architecture on April 12th invited to a
full day dedicated to wood.
Three different lectures and an introductory talk discussed wood
from the perspective of sustainable and healthy construction and
gave an insight to the material from a regional perspective, using
built examples. Markus Aerni, Architect from Stockholm,
recurrent lecturer at KTH School of Architecture and co-founder of
Happyspace Architecture presented the lecturers and moderated the
discussions. First lecturer for the day was Maria Block on the
topic "Building Sustainable and Healthy in Wood".
Maria who is founder of Blockarkitektkontor and co-author of the
book The Whole Building Handbook focused on specific solutions from
her own work experience, including Lusthusbacken in Piteå,
nominated for the building of the year by Årets bygge 2019. After
her Kenneth Eriksson lectured from the point of view of being a
construction worker at the small company S-trä Specialvirke.
Kenneth who is currently studying Year 2 of the architecture
programme at Umeå School of Architecture walked the audiance
through the process of manually constructing timber houses - from
order via timber harvest to the final building. Thereafter Daniel
Wilded, production manager at Martinsons - a world leading
actor in modern wood construction - lectured.
Daniel spoke about the production and fabrication of wood
systems and components by showing the work of the large family
company based in Bygsilium, Västerbotten county.
Photos: Erik Persson
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