We asked professionals what they think about the idea of Open Source Wood. Some of them have already sent us designs.
“If I have learned anything in my time teaching, it is that good ideas rarely come out of thin air. Rather than a sudden breakthrough, innovations tend to arrive through the integration and development of ideas and practices over time. This is especially true for architecture and construction. Today, we need larger networks to share our ideas and to gain knowledge produced by others that may be working on similar problems.”
— Philip Tidwell, Aalto University, Finland
“The promotion of an open resource in timber construction is a brilliant idea. It gives people easy access to timber construction, where everyone can benefit from the knowledge of others as well as the material’s in-built sustainability.”
— Clive Darrington, DG Timber, United Kingdom
"We believe the Open Source initiative from Metsä Wood is an important part of making the knowledge about the development of the timber technologies more widespread. The initiative is an ideal platform to both showcase to the industry what we have learnt, and to help promote the fundamental ideal of using sustainable materials."
– Francisco Mena, R&D and Innovation, Elliott Wood, United Kingdom
“I believe sharing knowledge plays an important role in our global transition towards a clean and circular economy. This is a great initiative that will push the building industry to create greener and more sustainable living environments. “
— Wolf Bierens, CTO, Sustainer Homes, Netherlands
“An industrial way of building with wood has the future: it reduces CO2 emissions and the use of fossil raw materials, and besides that is energy saving in many aspects. Metsä Wood’s Open Source Wood initiative points the way to support the growth of building with wood.
— Maarten Van der Breggen, Maskerade Flexible Building System, Netherlands
“I think this initiative is fantastic. Most people do not know the importance of wood properties, so it is necessary to promote knowledge so that people can rely on wood.”
— Frederico Villagrán, Technician Builder, Prefaburuguay, Uruguay
“It is important that we share knowledge about building with wood, as it is the most sustainable material available in this era of increasing global warming and natural disasters.”
— Johanna Byrne, Architect Ireland
“[Metsä Wood’s Open Source Wood initiative] is not only profit-oriented, but also aims to solve the problem of the individual and social lives of humans, alongside the importance of the environment.”
— Mohammad Jamshidi, Saman Agin Engineering Co LTD, Teheran Iran
“Being open and sharing knowledge speeds up the technical development of the timber structures due to the versatile network of people with different skillsets involved.”
— Jussi Björman, Director, Technical Customer Service, Metsä Wood, Finland