dRMM launches a three-part essay on trees and timber
Coinciding with COP26’s Cities, Regions & Built Environment Day, dRMM is proud to announce the launch of Treelogy, a three-part essay about the life of trees and timber.
Treeology is being published as a written companion to dRMM’s Treeptych drawing, which is on display at the Royal Academy 2021 Summer Show and forms part of this year’s architecture room, curated by David Adjaye to the theme of ‘Climate and Geography’. The text unfolds in three parts, complementing the trio of panels illustrated in Treeptych, an original artwork that also examines the use of timber in construction, with frame by furniture maker and friend of the studio, Sebastian Cox.
Collectively, the three essays discuss the role of trees and timber over three parts in nature’s diverse ecosystem, their sustainable use in construction, and their relationship with humanity’s communities and urban realm. Part I, which is titled ‘Learning from Woodlands’ discusses trees and their symbiotic relationships with other woodland and forest flora and fauna, highlighting the need for nature-led, multi-species forestation, and bringing attention to the need for nuanced timber specification.
Part II, ‘Trees and Timber’, discusses the complexities and opportunities of timber as a construction material, examining its use and application as a potential solution to the construction industry’s most pressing concern – decarbonising the embodied and upfront carbon associated with construction. The final essay, Part III ‘The Urban Forest’, looks at the life of trees in in urban areas, unpacking their relationship with human communities, and emphasising their importance in the ecosystems of cities and towns for health and wellbeing and ensuring climate resilience
The three essays have been authored by dRMM’s Sustainability & Regenerative Design Manager Kat Scott and Architectural Assistant Finbar Charleson, with editorial support from independent design writer Ann Dingli. Treeptych and Treelogy have been conceived and produced as part of dRMM’s ongoing climate action, specifically supporting our Architects Declare knowledge sharing commitment, as well as the studio’s longstanding timber research and application within the construction industry.
Part I of Treelogy will be released tomorrow to highlight COP26’s Cities, Regions & Built Environment Day, forming part of the UN climate conference addressing the issue of construction related carbon emissions.