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Roald Gundersen’s ideas are as big as the trees he shinnies up like a man half his age.

Roald Gundersen – Earth Day

Roald Gundersen speaks about whole tree architecture at the Maharishi University of Management Sustainable Living Center, under construction in Fairfield, Iowa, Earth Day, April 2010.

Inhabitat – November 10, 2009

Beautiful Buildings Made From Whole Trees According to the Forest Products Laboratory, a whole, unmilled tree can support 50 percent more weight than the largest piece of lumber milled from the same tree. Putting this principle into practice, Whole Tree Architecture is dedicated to building with materials that lumber companies consider scrap – weed trees, also know as ‘managed forest …

Roald Gundersen on Slow Architecture

Wisconsin architect Roald Gunderson explains why architecture should follow in the footsteps of the Slow Food movement: build local and savor every step. Join Natural Home magazine editor in chief Robyn Griggs Lawrence as she interviews Gunderson.

Mother Earth Living – November, 2007

Deep Roots, Strong Branches: Whole Tree Architecture They didn’t need the forest’s strongest old-growth trees for their house, built using architect Roald Gundersen’s revolutionary Whole Tree Architecture. His technique uses whole, unmilled, “Charlie Brown” trees—in this case, weedy box elders, slender ironwoods, invasive black locusts, wind-bent hickory and diseased elms—to create sheltering, graceful homes while preserving mature forests around them… …

Environmental News Network – September 24, 2007

Whole Tree Architecture Forests benefit from whole tree architecture because Gundersen practices young growth forestry — he takes younger trees that are invasive, diseased and wind-bent, leaving the oldest, tallest, and straightest to repopulate the forest. “Much like a garden, if you thin and prune woods, they can actually get healthier and sequester more CO2,” he says. With healthier trees …

La Crosse Tribune – April 30, 2006

Tree House Becomes Reality Using the whole tree, instead of milling it for boards, Gundersen has found a way to use what others would count as waste. And because the wood is intact, it is architecturally stronger than milled lumber, giving Gundersen both the uprights and the trusses he needs for the home’s structural integrity… Read the Article