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Canadian architect Michael Green of Michael Green Architecture makes a plausible case on why we should build wooden skyscrapers.

Green founded his architectural firm in 2012 with a focus on advanced wood buildings that support community, health and the environment. Green is known for his research, leadership and advocacy in promoting the use of wood in the built environment.

In an insightful TED talk, Green shared interesting insights on the amazing properties of wooden structures. “Every time people go into my buildings that are wood, I notice they react completely differently. I’ve never seen anybody walk into one of my buildings and hug a steel or a concrete column, but I’ve actually seen that happen in a wood building,” said Green.

When it comes to building a skyscraper, Green says forget about steel and concrete – he notes it’s not only possible to build safe wooden structures up to 30 storeys tall, but it’s necessary. Take a look at Green’s presentation to learn more about timber construction trends in skyscraping and beyond.