Interviews

GENIUS IN A TIMBERED ROOM

When Renzo Piano won the 1998 Pritzker Prize, the jury compared him to Michelangelo and da Vinci and credited him with “redefining modern and postmodern architecture”.

WOOD PSYCHOLOGY

Make it more visible and improve wellbeing

There is fresh evidence that wood in hospital design supports convalescence, reduces stress and raises spirits.

BETTER ENGAGEMENT

No time for wood producers to ‘crouch’ or ‘hold’

The Australian timber industry is being beaten to the punch by more advanced imports and needs to urgently improve its marketing act.

(NOT SO FANTASTIC) PLASTIC

Unhappy customers returning to timber

There is increasing reports that natural timber is winning back support from users lured away to the ‘promise’ of maintenance-free wood/plastic composites.

‘GREEN AS GRASS’

Value of certification questioned

The Australian wood industry has been accused of being “gun shy” when it comes to challenging vested interests promoting forest certification.

ACTIVATING THE CONSUMER

A natural revolution in wooden objects

Woodism is not as philosophically radical as Dadaism – the avant-garde art movement that flourished briefly in Europe during the early 20th century – but a little quirky all the same.

PROCURERS STIFLE INNOVATION

Architect says timber losing out to the ‘risk averse’

Over-expedient government and state agencies are responsible for an increasing number of second-rate buildings in Australia, according to architect Richard Kirk.