How Living Materials Could Shape the Future of Architecture

Yasemin Kologlu and her team at SOM’s New York office. © SOM
Wil Srubar with his students in the lab. Photo © University of Colorado Boulder, College of Engineering and Applied Science
SOM’s concept for Urban Sequoia envisions “forests” of carbon-absorbing buildings in cities around the world. © SOM
Biomaterials are a key component in SOM’s Urban Sequoia concept, together with a range of carbon-capture strategies that can transform the built environment. © SOM
Photo © University of Colorado Boulder, College of Engineering and Applied Science
© University of Colorado Boulder, College of Engineering and Applied Science

“We’re seeing such an interest in clean materials, and people are very eager to do good with that momentum.”

© University of Colorado Boulder, College of Engineering and Applied Science

“This is a huge wave and we’re just at the beginning. We’re going to see so much more in terms of new materials, new technologies, new policies, new ways of designing, building, and thinking.”

By using mass timber instead of concrete and steel, SOM’s design for the Billie Jean King Main Library in Long Beach, California reduced embodied carbon by more than 60 percent. Photo © Benny Chan | Fotoworks

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