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Timber City

September 17, 2016 - September 10, 2017

Second Floor: F Street Side

Rendering of the façade design for one of two competition winners of the U.S. Tall Wood Building Prize, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Courtesy SHoP Architects PC.

The National Building Museum is challenging the notion that wood is an antiquated building material at the exhibition Timber City. The exhibition demonstrates the many advantages offered by cutting-edge methods of timber construction, including surprising strength, fire resistance, sustainability, and beauty. Drawing attention to the recent boom in timber construction worldwide, Timber City highlights several U.S. based projects, including two winners of the U.S. Tall Wood Building Prize, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, in partnership with the Softwood Lumber Board and the Bi-national Softwood Lumber Council.

Curated and designed by Yugon Kim and Tomomi Itakura, founding partners of the Boston-based architectural design firm ikd, the exhibition’s immersive installation features numerous architectural models, dramatic prefabricated wood walls, and large-scale samples of mass timber. Stories highlight recent innovations of timber technology, especially cross-laminated timber, known as CLT, and explore how U.S. based timber manufacturing can help revitalize rural manufacturing communities and benefit urban centers.

Strong and versatile, timber is the only building material can reduce carbon emissions and remove carbon from the atmosphere, moving us towards more sustainable, healthy, and beautiful buildings and cities. 


Timber City is made possible through generous support from the USDA Forest ServiceSoftwood Lumber Board, and Nixon Peabody LLP.


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