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Editor’s pickStudents honoured at second Chinese University Timber Structures Design Competition

2nd Chinese University Timber Structures Design Competition

How about plunging into a swimming pool and coming up for air under a wood-framed roof? This year’s Chinese University Timber Structure Design Competition challenged students to design a natatorium that would wow the judges. The second Award Ceremony, held in Nanjing Tech University (NTU) on Nov 19, recognises excellence in wood design and …

Sveza Group plans Tyumen acquisition


SVEZA Group has announced plans to acquire the Tyumen Plywood Plant Group. The deal is pending approval from the Federal Anti-Monopoly Service of Russia (FAS). Tyumen produces about 90,000 m³ of plywood per year. Production may increase to 120,000 m³ in the coming years. The plant specialises in large-sized birch plywood and sells it …

Engineers: CLT has the potential to revolutionise mid-rise buildings


CLT has the potential to revolutionise mid-rise buildings. Image credit: LEVER Architecture The engineers who specialise in building with cross-laminated timber (CLT) do not see much of its future in prototype towers. Instead, they say, they see it as a fundamental part of the mid-rise building market. “Some of those pioneering early CLT …

PEFC’s Stakeholder Dialogue calls for purposeful innovation

PEFC, Stakeholder Dialogue

Ben Gunneberg, CEO of PEFC International Once technologies have been incorporated adeptly into certification systems, there will be a shift observed where certification systems are data brokers for social and environmental performance. “If done well, it will enable more and real-time information about product flows through the supply …

Ancient Shangri-La and new oriental Zen meet at Karesansui


Interweaved and unique, the Tibetan style of ancient Shangri-La melds seamlessly with the beauty of new oriental Zen in the six small buildings and old Tibetan house that Karesansui consists of. With its copious use of wood and other natural materials, the hostel is a place where guests can seek psychological satisfaction, enlightened by the …

Australia's OneFortyOne acquires NZ's Nelson Forests


Australian OneFortyOne Plantations (OFO) has signed an agreement to acquire one of New Zealand’s leading forestry businesses, Nelson Forests. Nelson Forests is 100 per cent owned by investment funds advised by Global Forest Partners LP, a US-based timberland investment management organisation. The acquisition will allow for the exchange of …

Vietnam's wood industry to target high-end domestic market to boost sales


Vietnam’s exports of wood and wood-based products in the first nine months of this year reached $5.55 Bn, an increase of 11.3 per cent over the same period last year, according to the General Department of Customs. Total export turnover for 2017 is expected to reach $8 Bn—14 per cent higher than 2016—since Vietnamese companies …

Editor’s pickThe sea view at the Seven Star Yufeng Club only adds to its simple beauty


Located far from busy streets, the site that would eventually become the Seven Star Yufeng Club was originally meant to be a classroom for teenagers. Now a private club, this peaceful locale boasts a professional school where one can learn about the ocean while also enjoying the sounds and sight of the nearby sea can be enjoyed. Modern and …