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Wednesday 10:30 am - 12:00 pm, plenary room - Simultaneous translation FR | EN | JP | MAN


The development of new construction techniques or technological tools to speed up the construction of buildings has been growing at a fast pace in recent years. Whether it is the larger-scale use of BIM (Building Information Modeling) or the integration of innovative building systems that enable rapid installation of structural components, these new construction techniques and technologies are often cited as examples when building in highly dense urban environments.

Better planning combined with rapid construction of buildings help minimize impacts on residents. In this plenary session, examples of new technologies and construction techniques currently being used around the world will be presented

Moderator: Beth MacNeil, Canadian Forest Service, Natural Resources Canada

Adding Cross-Laminated Timber for Sustainable Skylines

Speaker: Daniel Wilded, Martinsons, Sweden

The global trend of urbanization is affecting people and businesses all over the world. Adding cross-laminated timber (CLT) and glulam frames to existing buildings is a cost-effective and sustainable way to help cities grow vertically. Daniel Wilded tells the story of how production and engineering company Martinsons took on the challenge of adding CLT frames to storied buildings in some of Sweden’s most busy areasand how it plans on going forward.

Hotel Jakarta, Amsterdam: An 8-Storey Hotel with 3D Modules

Speaker: Jan-Willem G van de Kuilen, Technical University of Munich, Germany/Netherlands

Hotel Jakarta is a triangularly shaped 8-storey hotel located on a narrow strip of land surrounded by water. Of its 200 rooms, 176 consist of prefabricated 3D modules, each with a precast concrete base plate with side walls and ceiling made of cross-laminated timber. Due to the peculiar shape and a large atrium with subtropical vegetation, stability of the building had to be arranged through shear rigidity of the stacked 3D modules, having no possibility to transfer horizontal (wind) loads to a central rigid core. Specific attention was given to the building process, the connection systems between the modules, and the robustness of the structure. In addition, allowable tolerances leading to second order effects were studied. All fully equipped modules, including a bathroom and balcony, were manufactured in an industrial plant allowing for rapid and secure installation at the building site, with a period of just three weeks.

Architecture as Secondary Nature

Speaker:  Masahiro Harada, Mt. Fuji-Architects Studio, Japan

Although architecture answers societal demands, it must also adapt to natural requests. In his work, Italian Journey, the great writer Goethe defined an architectural masterpiece as “secondary nature that grants citizens’ demands.” This is another way to express the same thing. Timber, which is a living building material, is the most appropriate material to realize this ideal. In his presentation, Architecture as Secondary Nature, Masahiro Harada discusses some of his company’s work, built with timber in the cities of tomorrow.


  • Beth MacNeil

    Natural Resources Canada, Canada

    Assistant Deputy Minister, Canadian Forest Service / Natural Resources Canada

    Beth has spent over 25 years working in science-based economic and regulatory departments and agencies across the federal government. Beth began her career as a biologist working for Environment Canada’s Canadian Wildlife Service. She later moved to the Canadian Food Inspection Agency, followed by five years with Natural Resources Canada’s Canadian Forest Service, where she held the position of Senior Director, Science and Technology Governance. In 2014, Beth assumed the responsibilities of Director General, Strategic Policy, Fisheries and Oceans Canada and the Canadian Coast Guard, and in 2016, she became Director General, Policy Development and Analysis, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada. As of January 30, 2018, Beth returned to Natural Resources Canada’s Canadian Forest Service in the capacity of Assistant Deputy Minister.

     Beth holds a Bachelor of Science (Biology) from STFX University, Nova Scotia, a Master degree in Environmental Studies, York University, Toronto, and a Certificate in Public Sector Leadership and Governance from the University of Ottawa.

  • Daniel Wilded

    Martinsons, Sweden

    Daniel Wilded has been a Product Chief at Martinsons for the last seven years. As well, for the last three years he has been a sales manager and project manager there. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Building Technology.

  • Jan-Willem G van de Kuilen

    Technical University of Munich, Germany/Netherlands

  • Masahiro Harada

    Mount Fuji Architects Studio

    Masahiro Harada was born in a port town near Mount Fuji. His father was a ship designer, and the aesthetics and craftsmanship inherent in this work became Masahiro’s guiding principles for architectural design. After completing his master’s degree in Tokyo, he worked at Kengo Kuma and Associates in 1997, J.A.M. Lapena and Elias Torres in Barcelona as a government-sponsored artist in 2001, Arata Isozaki atelier as a project manager for a museum in Beijing in 2003, and established Mount Fuji Architects Studio in 2004 with Mao Harada. He operates his own laboratory as a professor in Shibaura Institute of Technology, presents many lectures and exhibitions, and participates in juries of design competitions both within and outside of Japan.