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Rise of the ‘Plyscrapers’

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The 96-ft.-high Wood Innovation and Design Centre in British Columbia (right), built in 2014, has locally made engineered wood, like laminated veneer lumber, in its structure.


Forte in Melbourne is a 105-ft. timber apartment building that uses cross-laminated timber (CLT), which is said to have the same structural strength as concrete and steel.


The “Toothpick” is what Londoners are calling plans for a 984-ft. tower unveiled on April 8. The skyscraper’s architects say using timber will reduce the weight of the building.

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