25 episodes

This podcast offers a deep dive into some of the big issues surrounding forests and our relationship to them and serves as a platform for cross-disciplinary discussion. Drawing on the work of scientists, conservationists, forestry professionals, academics, designers and architects, Words on Wood is a space for frank reflection on the challenges and opportunities presented by working with forests.
Created in conjunction with Disegno, the Quarterly Journal of Design.

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    • 4.9 • 7 Ratings

This podcast offers a deep dive into some of the big issues surrounding forests and our relationship to them and serves as a platform for cross-disciplinary discussion. Drawing on the work of scientists, conservationists, forestry professionals, academics, designers and architects, Words on Wood is a space for frank reflection on the challenges and opportunities presented by working with forests.
Created in conjunction with Disegno, the Quarterly Journal of Design.

Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

    S4E2: A Timber Curriculum with Judith Lösing, Hanif Kara and Kenn Busch

    S4E2: A Timber Curriculum with Judith Lösing, Hanif Kara and Kenn Busch

    Our next instalment of Words on Wood revisits education, this time examining whether there is a need for a more robust curriculum around timber and its properties within architecture courses. The guests all straddle the architectural and education spaces and bring some really good insights into areas that are working, and some not so well, within architectural education. Oli and Evi are joined by Judith Lösing, teacher at the AA and director of East Architecture, Kenn Busch , founder of Material Intelligence and Climate Positive Now and Hanif Kara, co-founder of AKT-II and professor at Harvard GSD. 


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    • 23 min
    Making shorts: Chainsaw carving

    Making shorts: Chainsaw carving

    Building on the success of previous seasons’ ‘Tree Shorts’, this season introduces a new series of ‘Making Shorts’. These bite-sized episodes zoom into production techniques for timber, providing concise case studies through interviews with designers on the making processes behind specific projects. 
    In this episode, we speak with Norwegian designer-maker Anna Maria Øfstedal Eng about creating furniture with a chainsaw and her experience working with American maple in a recent AHEC project.

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    • 14 min
    Making shorts: CNC milling

    Making shorts: CNC milling

    Building on the success of previous seasons’ ‘Tree Shorts’, this season introduces a new series of ‘Making Shorts’. These bite-sized episodes zoom into production techniques for timber, providing concise case studies through interviews with designers on the making processes behind specific projects.
     
    Travelling to Australia, the first Making Short of the season focuses on CNC milling, tracing its connections to traditional hand carving methods. Designer Trent Jansen and Tanya Singer and Errol Evans, First Nations woodworkers and artists, explain how they employed high-tech milling machines to create a series of sculptural furniture that tell stories about the climate crisis.

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    • 19 min
    S4E1: The Value of Veneers with Cathy Danzer, Rio Kobayashi and Jorge Penadés

    S4E1: The Value of Veneers with Cathy Danzer, Rio Kobayashi and Jorge Penadés

    Delving deep into the world of wood, featuring unexpected and timely topics from across forestry, architecture and design, the award-winning podcast Words on Wood has returned for a fourth season.
    A collaboration between the American Hardwood Export Council (AHEC) and Disegno, Words on Wood launched in 2021 as an upfront and wide-ranging end-to-end exploration of all things wood-related, from forestry and processing to design and disposal.  
    Venturing into the world’s forests, sites of timber production, and design and architecture studios, the podcast examines how multiple industries intersect through a single material. Each episode is structured around interviews with leading architects, designers, educators, manufacturers, and forestry professionals who live among and care for trees on a day-to-day basis.
    The fourth season opens with an in-depth exploration of an often-overlooked and misunderstood timber product: veneer. Featuring contemporary designers Jorge Penadés and Rio Kobayashi, as well as Cathy Lynne Danzer of timber manufacturer Danzer, the first episode dives beneath the surface to explore the design potential of veneer and to examine how a new generation of experimental practitioners are pushing it in intriguing and playful new directions.


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    • 28 min
    Special episode: A Trillion Trees with Fred Pearce

    Special episode: A Trillion Trees with Fred Pearce

    In the final episode of Words on Wood season 3, we are joined by multi award-winning science and environmental writer, Fred Pearce.
     
    Fred’s groundbreaking work covering the natural world spans at least 15 books. We sit down to discuss the topics behind his latest book, “A Trillion Trees”, which gives a fascinating insight to how the world’s forests can be restored without planting and following two key premises: ensuring that ownership of the forests is vested in the people who live in them, and to give nature room.

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    • 44 min
    S3E4: The Wooden Hospital with Ab Rogers and Eleanor Brough

    S3E4: The Wooden Hospital with Ab Rogers and Eleanor Brough

    The series concludes by venturing into ‘The Wooden Hospital’. Starting with the work of architect Ab Rogers, who won the 2021 Wolfson Economic Prize 2021 for his radical approach towards reformulating hospital design, the episode looks at whether our existing healthcare spaces are fit for purpose. Could wood be the key to redesigns that create more humane and compassionate facilities? Featuring a group of designers and architects who are changing the way that healthcare operates, the episodes explores the role that timber can play in creating spaces that better support human health.
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    • 28 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
7 Ratings

7 Ratings

ajh111 ,

Fantastic conversations about the future of forests and wood

Brilliant conversations about the ecological, architectural, economic contexts of forests and building with wood in the 21st century. I’m an amateur woodworker, not a professional designer or architect, and I found these to be enormously engaging and thought provoking conversations.

allenworb ,

Informative for woodworker that loves the natural world.

Great topics for anyone interested in woodworking and design. I love the merger of science, ecosystems, economics, politics and everything else into the topic of wood. I wish they were longer and went into even more depth on each episode.

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