Date: Thursday, December 7
Time: 12:00 to 1:30 p.m.
Presenter: Ashley Yanda, Urban Machine
Tickets: Free to AIA Members, Sponsors, and Students; $25 general public
Urban Machine, a company based in Oakland California, is leveraging the latest robotics and AI for salvaging lumber waste so it can be used to build again at a price competitive to virgin lumber. This approach not only creates local economic opportunities and shortens lumber supply chains but also reduces embodied carbon and alleviates pressure on forests. This session will address how this technology is changing the way waste lumber is handled, opening new opportunities for designers to specify deconstruction and reclaimed wood. The talk will also cover the AIA Materials Pledge component on circular economy, showing how disassembly and reuse aspires to a zero-waste goal for construction activities.