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Issue 7.2

Materials as Design Tool: Digital Fabrication Strategies for Sustainable Architecture 

The building industry is responsible for consuming almost 45% of all extracted resources and producing nearly 40% of energy-related greenhouse gases (World Green Building Council 2017). The major resources consumed are steel, concrete, and aggregates, but there is a growing interest in using slow renewable resources like timber as a biomaterial alternative. However, relying heavily on forestry resources for the building industry could be risky and critical due to issues in its supply chain and the global climate balance related to forestry. Furthermore, desertification in diverse regions does not make timber a viable global biomaterial solution for the building industry.  

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