Reimagining Our Cities

Scalable solutions to societal challenges.

For the first time in history, more than 50 percent of the world’s population lives in urban areas. By 2050, that number is expected to climb to 70 percent. With a rapidly urbanizing population comes new challenges for society.

Forests – and the products and benefits they provide – are helping society to rethink and reimagine life in our urban landscapes.

RECLAIMED | The Urban Wood Project

In Baltimore, MD there are more than 46,000 vacant or assumed-vacant homes. For years, the city has been tearing them down and disposing of the materials, leaving scars on the landscape, holes in communities, and condemning premium materials to rot in city landfills.

The U.S. Forest Service, in partnership with Humanim and Room & Board - among others - are working to change this dynamic. See how a simple quest to reclaim urban wood transformed into an opportunity to reduce waste, create jobs in underserved communities, and restore landscapes by replacing vacant lots with community parks and greenspaces that benefit everyone.

See how The Urban Wood Project and urban forests are helping us reimagine our cities for a better future. #forestproud.

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Michael Green, Architect

GUARDIANS | Michael Green

Coming soon from #forestproud. A film featuring architect Michael Green who is leading the way towards building the cities of the future with mass timber.

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KATERRA

In 2019, Katerra opened one of the largest mass timber manufacturing facilities in North America. See how Katerra – using a technology first approach – is not only building the future with mass timber, but is showcasing how forests can help us reimagine our cities for the better.

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Emmerson Family - SPI

GUARDIANS | The Emmerson Family

The Emmerson family got started 70 years ago as a small sawmill operation in California. Today, their company Sierra Pacific Industries owns and manages over 2 million acres of forest across the West.

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RECLAIMED | The Urban Wood Project

The Urban Wood Project began as a quest to reclaim wood from abandoned city homes. It very quickly became about so much more.

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GUARDIANS | Susan Jones

Susan Jones designed some of the first Mass Timber buildings in the U.S. – including her own home. Today, Susan and her team continue to pave the way for Mass Timber buildings in North America by showing the world that there is no reason a building can’t also be a climate change solution.

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Wooden skyscrapers could be the future for cities | The Economist

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Wooden skyscrapers are an ambitious and innovative solution to the problems posed by urbanisation. Not only are they faster to build, they have smaller carbon footprints than high-rises made of concrete and steel.

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