When we think of urban cities of today, we think of massive clusters of buildings constructed with steel and concrete, or rings of cascading suburbs. Picture the city of the future and you’re probably thinking of something at least a little sci-fi. But the reality is the future of cities may actually have a much more naturalistic feel.
That’s according to a group of architecture students at MIT who have developed a new design for building massive structures out of timber called the Longhouse. The group will be presenting their vision for a community centered co-working space at the Maine Mass Timber Conference in October, a conference dedicated to finding more sustainable uses for wood which, at least for now, is something the continent possesses in abundance.