ARCHITECT Magazine – July 11, 2017

11th Annual R+D Awards

The term “waste trees” is misleading—it refers to trees that are too thin to be milled into boards, not necessarily because there’s anything wrong with the wood itself. But waste trees are a big problem: Today, about 10 percent of American forests—about 56 million acres—are overstocked and undermanaged, in part because so many trees are too small to make the timber industry’s cut.

That’s where WholeTrees Architecture and Structures comes in. Based in Madison, Wis., the firm has spent 10 years developing applications for unmilled timber, opening up new markets for “using waste trees in innovative and beautiful ways,” says Amelia Baxter, the firm’s CEO and co-founder...

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