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Alan Organschi: Building a global carbon sink

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Carbon flows through terrestrial space, matter, and time along myriad pathways-- biological, chemical, geological—insinuating its particular chemistries into every process we undertake as builders. It accretes over geological epochs deep in lithospheric strata and, at notably faster rates, accumulates across continental forests. These deposits of global carbon form the ore and the fiber of building construction. The building sector has been estimated recently to account for well over half of the world’s extraction and consumption of carbon-based material and hydrocarbon energy. As world population growth accelerates, and those burgeoning populations continue to urbanize, the building sector’s demand for raw material and energy for new construction will only grow. Organschi will discuss an alternative approach to meeting this demand: the broad substitution of emerging mass-timber and bio-based building assemblies in the construction of new cityscapes. This potentially massive transfer of large scale engineered wood products from sustainably managed forests into dense urban aggregations of buildings and infrastructure would form a new human-made carbon sink, turning the future city from a significant source of carbon emissions into a carbon storage system functioning in healthy synergy with global forests.


Alan Organschi is a principal at Gray Organschi Architecture, an architectural practice in New Haven, CT recognized internationally for its integration of design, construction, and environmental research.





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