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From skyscraper to 'plyscraper': The tower blocks made from wood

Published 5:55 AM ET, Wed March 25, 2015
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Vancouver-based architects MGA recently completed the a 29.5m (97 feet) wooden building (pictured) -- the Wood Innovation and Design Center in Prince George, Northern British Columbia.
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MGA's Michael Green says new engineered woods allow for greater strength and heights in buildings. Courtesy of MGA
Austrian architects Rudiger Lainer and Partner plan to construct a 84-meter (276ft) wooden skyscraper in Vienna next year. courtesy Rudiger Lainer and Partner
Architects C.F. Moller have designed a 34-story, wood-framed residential tower for the center of Stockholm, as part of a design competition. courtesy CF Moller
A timber specialist at the engineering group ARUP says the real savings from wood come when all the cost elements of making a tall building are taken into account. Keeping the wood exposed saves on the cost and time of installing finishes. Courtesy of MGA