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Webinar: Accelerating sustainable timber construction through innovation and education

Accelerating sustainable timber construction through innovation and education

tuesday May 18, 2021

20:00 - 21:30 hour

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Globally, climate change is on the agenda. Sustainability and circularity are important topics. The UN Sustainable Development Goals underline these themes. The construction sector (in the Netherlands) has also set its own goals around sustainability and circularity. Construction aims to be 50% circular by 2030. Accelerating change is necessary to achieve the objectives, including more use of wood in construction.

During this webinar we will discuss three main themes; sustainable wood, innovation and education and how they can contribute to accelerate the use of wood in the construction industry.

  • How can we balance increased use of forests and their conservation?
  • Which are current innovations and which promising ones are on the horizon?
  • What misconceptions are prevalent in the market and what can we do to educate the current, and the next generation, developers, architects, builders and other stakeholders?

MIT educated architect and co-founder of the Cities4Forests global network, Scott Francisco, takes you from Montreal to international projects, including Brooklyn Bridge Forest in New York During the virtual round table, experts and stakeholders discuss the main topics and we look for factors that can help accelerate.

Be inspired and join the discussion.


  • Keynote Scott Francisco about sustainable forest, Brooklyn Bridge Forest and Cities4forests


  • Virtual Roundtable about sustainable wood, mass timber and education


Rogier Elshout

Keynote speaker

Scott Francisco
Founder and Director: Pilot Projects Design Collective, Brooklyn Bridge Forest and Cities4forests

Scott Francisco is a designer, strategist, advisor and educator who assists organizations and governments as they envision new futures and co-design their infrastructure and culture systems. He has expertise in the fields of architecture and urbanism, systems thinking, organizational and community development, natural environments and

His firm Pilot Projects Design Collective is based in Montreal and New York City, and he is the co-founder and director of the Cities4Forests global network, and two communities of practice: Wood at Work, and The Future of Forest Work and Communities.

Scott has a passion for research and teaching and holds degrees from M.I.T. and the University of Toronto and has taught at McGill University, Stanford in New York, Parsons the New School for Design, NYU, Kean University and University of Kentucky College of Architecture. He speaks and writes regularly on urban sustainability, and spends a lot of time in his workshop with his sons, making useful objects from wood salvaged in the city.


Rick Kamphorst
Manager Sustainability & Circularity, Lister Buildings

Bob van der Zande
Programmaleider houtbouw, Metropoolregio Amsterdam

Wim van der Heide
Business Development Manager, Ballast Nedam Park & Connect