Often Overlooked, Forest Management is Critical to Architecture_HERO(600)

Arguably, it all starts with the forests. If you didn't have wood, historically, your building material options were limited. Thus the need for forestry management, from tree inventories in 16th-century Venice to forest-as-industrial-operation around the world today. This obvious yet overlooked relationship between forestry and architecture is explored in the Canadian Centre for Architecture's inaugural exhibition of the young curator's program with First, the Forests. Dan Handel, the first winner and young curator, is an architect with a master's from the Harvard Graduate School of Design and a pending Ph.D. from Technion, the Israel Institute of Technology. Handel also co-curated the Israeli pavilion at this year's Venice Biennale. His exhibit examines four modes of managing forests—bureaucratic, scientific, tropical and economic—through reproductions, photographs, books, handwritten maps, and Google Earth maps. And if the building process goes from trees to structure, one piece of the exhibition brings it back full circle: the SOM-designed Weyerheuser Headquarters in Tacoma, Wash., a building to house part of the tree industry itself. Through Jan. 6, 2013. • cca.qc.ca