The Canada Green Building Council hosts the annual Toronto Urban Wood Forum every year. In 2019, the event took place at the Autodesk Toronto Community Space in MaRS Discovery District on January 24th.
A collection of local designers and builders shared their thoughts on wood’s place in the outdoor urban environment. Veronica Madonna, Principal, Moriyama & Teshima Architects, Tim Svarczkopf of Accsys Technologies, Peter Duckworth-Pilkington, Principal, ZAS Architects + Interiors and Dan Van Haastrecht of Earthscape Play discussed their work in relation to wood. Specifically, how the nostalgia of wood intersects with education, engineering, modernity, play, safety, technology, philosophy, culture and policy.
Discussion topics ranged from the practical, like scheduling challenges, to the philosophical, like the legitimacy and authenticity of wood. Additional discussion topics included modern and ancient techniques for increasing longevity and durability of wood and a debate on what “real wood” actually is. Dan’s presentation demonstrated modern wood playground technology; importantly, more durable species and innovative aesthetic and functional uses of wood. For instance, Accoya® is an acetylated pine wood that provides superior dimensional stability and longevity. Earthscape regularly uses this beautiful wood because of its excellent durability and aesthetic qualities.
In short, the Urban Wood Forum was a fantastic gathering and we were honoured to participate in the thoughtful discussion. With thanks to Accoya Wood North America for their leadership and sponsorship.