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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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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The future of skyscrapers | Grist

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How much CO2 would a skyscraper save if a skyscraper was made of wood?

Wooden skyscrapers are already a thing in Europe and Canada. Now, they’re becoming more popular in the U.S. How do they work and what do they mean for the future of cities?

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Fast Facts | Mass Timber

Did you know mass timber is a building material that’s as strong as steel, lighter than concrete, fire resistant, and carbon friendly?

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Fast Facts | Trees + Transportation

How many trees do you need to offset your commute? One tree is needed to offset emissions for every 2 gallons of gas.

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