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Perception of Timber – Accelerating Change at MIND

A timber perception research, engagement programme and demonstrator to drive awareness and understanding of mass timber in Italy

Mira Conci

Built Environment Lead

The research and engagement initiative was coordinated by EIT Climate-KIC, the European Union’s largest climate innovation initiative accelerating the transition to a zero-carbon world. The project led to the production of a report on perceptions and the current state of the mass timber market in Italy, the set up of an online living lab for knowledge sharing, a series of engagement workshops with representatives of the construction industry, and the construction of a physical prototype (pictured) to drive understanding and adoption of mass timber locally. The project was anchored in and around the Milano Innovation District (MIND) complex. MIND is developed and built by multinational property and construction company Lendlease

Waugh Thistleton Architects designed the prototype, with other industry players University College London, Arup and Stora Enso providing expertise and/or in-kind support throughout the project. Fondazione Politecnico di Milano conducted a review of scientific literature on mass timber sustainability implications in the Italian market.




Arup is a British multinational professional services firm headquartered in London that provides design, engineering, architecture, planning, and advisory services across every aspect of the built environment

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Waugh Thistleton Architects

Waugh Thistleton Architects (WTA) is a Shoreditch based architectural practice producing thoughtful and sustainable projects in its own neighbourhood and beyond. The practice is a world leader in engineered timber and pioneer in the field of tall timber buildings. In their home city of London, WTA have designed and delivered exemplar timber residential and commercial buildings, including Dalston Lane, Murray Grove, Orsman Road with their most recent design, for The Office Group, being The Black & White Building, setting a new precedent for all-timber office construction in the UK. 

More broadly Waugh Thistleton has experience in delivering a wide range of building types in multiple geographies, including affordable housing, private residential projects, offices and commercial spaces, and mixed-use, cultural and leisure.

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Lendlease is a multinational construction and real estate company, headquartered in Barangaroo, New South Wales, Australia. Lendlease's integrated business model includes real estate investment, asset management, development and construction, which includes a €33.3bn urban regeneration pipeline in London & Milan. Lendlease’s global investment management platform spans Europe, Australia, Americas and Asia, and their investment professionals manage approximately €29.5 billion globally in property assets.

Lendlease have collaborated with our UK & Italian networks, playing a pivotal role in bringing together developers to collectively drive forward the adoption of timber. 

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