Sustainable Urbanism Architecture

The renovation and construction of buildings presents an opportunity for climate change mitigation in urban environments.

Sustainability is sometimes defined as the achievement of a fair balance between the environment and the social and economic elements of human activity on the planet.

Interventions in the urban environment are the outcome of a combination of urbanism and architecture, which serves as a design foundation for reimagining society’s development patterns. These activities have shaped such areas today at various intervention sizes, but always from a local perspective.

The opportunity to rethink and reinvent the city revolves around the creation of more social and shared spaces in the city, as well as the use of urbanism and architecture to address a variety of issues such as climate change, energy, water, and local materials and their reuse, as well as improved mobility through smart urban development and the promotion of the circular economy, which involves efforts to reduce, reuse, and recycle waste.


In urban areas, building renovation and development provide a chance to mitigate climate change. The carbon absorbed by plants balances the building’s carbon emissions, making bio-based construction particularly promising.

Bio-based building is one of the most important pathways to decarbonizing the construction industry, particularly in France. The goal of the wood construction is to employ a biologically repellent substance in the building. Architects, design firms, builders, and, more recently, developers, have all followed this route for many years. Bio-based building does not start from zero; in fact, it propels France to the forefront of research, experimentation, and architectural design on a global scale. However, the creation of a new building culture takes time and debate. New construction is not created in a lab, but rather on building sites and in manufacturing facilities.

It is therefore critical to bring together specialized players of this developing field (from the client to the builder and planning professionals) on a regular basis to discuss the most recent and iconic realizations.

The International Wood Building Forum, which takes place this year in Paris, delivers the message of bio-based construction to the city. It hosts an exposition for experts and the general public to have a better knowledge of the ins and outs of this industry:

From July 15 to 17, 2021, the International Wood Construction Forum will be held on the Champ-de-Mars in Paris, under the wooden nave of the Grand Palais Ephémère.


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An e-learning session is available at the 10th International Wood Construction Forum.

Over 100 conferences on a diverse variety of highly specialized subjects:

  •  wood and bio sourced construction,
  • reconstruction of the Notre-Dame de Paris roof structure,
  • infrastructure for the Olympic Games,
  • building with hardwoods, tropical wood,
  • the architecture of today and tomorrow new regulations

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About The Event

The International Wood Construction Forum, a French entity of a set of European Forums dedicated to wood and biobased construction, will be held from July 15 to 17, 2021 at the Grand Palais Ephémère, symbol of new wood construction.

To make the carbon footprint as neutral as possible and be consistent with the topics covered in its 10th edition,the Forum itself applies an eco-design approach through the implementation of several actions: exhibitors’ stands in beech and French poplar and auditorium in local Douglas fir that can be dismantled and reused, upcycled furniture, compensation for transport emissions .

In addition to the 150 conferences presenting the state of the art of international timber construction of the moment, broadcast as a livestream in French and English, the Forum will present several exhibitions, including one on the reconstruction of the framework of Notre-Dame de Paris,

During the closing session of the Forum, Saturday July 17, two citizens’ debates are organized, one by the Channels “Meeting with the actors of the circular economy”, the other by FIBois Île-de-France, in partnership with the Nuits des Forêts, which will compare the point of view of the young generation on the challenges of the forest-wood sector.

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