Proposed Hack Challenges
Mass Timber City
Timber neighborhoods are in development in many countries but not yet the U.S. We think the U.S. West Coast is an ideal region for timber cities and neighborhoods. We think Portland should be the leading Mass Timber City in the U.S. - and partner with other emerging timber cities around the world. Let's develop a plan to build the first one - and then scale!
Existing timber neighborhoods/cities in development:
Canada: Quayside in Toronto. Google Sidewalk Labs invested years and million of dollars in this proposed development but the project was cancelled in May 2020. However, Sidewalk remains committed - "We are in the process of creating a company to in effect commercialize the construction of mass timber" and is hiring people in the Pacific Northwest for their FactoryCo mass timber factory.
More info: Masterplan, Sidewalk's PMX System, How to reach 35 stories, Mass Timber DfMA.
Japan: Toyota is developing an innovation city of mass timber by designed by BIG
Finland: Video - "Why Finland is building a wood city"
Sweden: Masthamnen in Stockholm by Anders Berensson Architects
Germany: Berlin aims to become timber construction center
Denmark: A 7,000 unity neighborhood in Copenhagen designed by Henning Larsen
France: All new public buildings in Paris must be at least 50% wood by 2022.
Australia: A $100 million mass timber building anchors Victoria's $5 billion La Trobe University Campus plan to build a University City of the Future.
Mass Timber Passive House
Mass Timber buildings constructed to passive house standards are an ideal combination for extremely green wooden cities (Google Sidewalk also selected this combination for their Toronto project). There are still only a few buildings in North America constructed from mass timber to this standard - one is a home we fabricated in West Vancouver. Teams with passive house and mass timber experience would be perfect.
Off Grid Mass Timber Homes
Digitally Fabricated Mass Timber is very efficient and ideal for off grid, green building and for construction in remote areas with short buildings seasons like ski resorts or islands. Explore mass timber design for off grid living.
Propose Your Own Hack!
Based on our experience organizing 45 AEC Hackathons, we expect most people will build their own teams and develop their own Hack project at the event. We highly encourage you to do so and look forward to seeing what your team creates.