Architect, wood promoter extraordinaire and keynote speaker, Michael Green inspired 670 wood construction and design professionals with his ‘tall wood journey’ at a Wood Solutions conference in Vancouver, BC., which he described as a “story about climate change, renewables, urban development and sociatal health and wellbeing”. Green emphasized BC’s leadership in wood innovation, crediting BC Wood WORKS! specifically for his own enlightenment and transformation some 13 or 14 years ago. Green noted that despite the significant progress made by early adopters, “it’s not enough” and he expressed dismay that firms like his are now securing more Tall Wood business in the US and Europe than in BC.
In his view, “we need factory built buildings with automobile assembly line-like processes—but with technology that allows every car produced to be unique”. According to Green, “the means to propel this change is a world-wide, open-access, online education system”. Not surprisingly, Michael is also part of the solution in this regard given his leadership in the creation of a nonprofit organization called TOE (Timber Online Education), and he’s working on his second Tall Wood Buildings book.