Building Tall with Timber: A Paean to Wood Construction

  title={Building Tall with Timber: A Paean to Wood Construction},
  author={Randolph Langenbach},
  journal={Structural Engineering International},
  pages={130 - 132}
  • R. Langenbach
  • Published 1 May 2008
  • History
  • Structural Engineering International
It may seem strange at first to propose that timber be used for the structural system of mid-rise buildings. Steel and concrete have held that position so long that the question of wood as an alternative for large-scale multi-storey construction would strike many people as archaic and impractical, but until the modern age, this was the case. The following essay highlights some interesting examples in history, concluding with the 17 blimp hangers constructed in the USA during World War II when… 
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Tall timber


The blimp barns
uk, and [The "Wooden Skyscraper" House in Arkhangelsk
    public lecture at the San Francisco
    • Jewish Community Center, Oct
    • 2007
    Gangster Who Built World’s Tallest Log Cabin. London Telegraph, 7 March, 2007, posted on, and [The “Wooden Skyscraper” House in Arkhangelsk,] posted in “Vaga_land Journal
    • 2007
    The Tallest Wooden Church in the World Consecrated in Sapânta
    • Romania, published on,
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    Re-Use Guidelines, Hanger 3
      Re-Use Guidelines, Hanger 3. NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field: California, (Technical report
      • San Francisco, August
      • 2006
      Timber Tower – Tallest Timber Residential Building in the World
      • Yanko Design., June 18, 2007. Fig. 6: Daibutsu-den (Buddha Hall) of the Todaiji Temple in Nara, Japan Fig. 7: Hangar 2 interior, Moffet Field, California, USA Fig. 8: Hangar 2 exterior, Moffet Field, California, USA x312.indd 132 4/15/08 4:48:08 PM
      • 2007
      public lecture at the San Francisco Jewish Community Center