With approximately 586,000 street trees, the City of Chicago is leading the way for other North American with a number of state initiatives in ash tree salvage and utilization.
John Lough will share insight into integrated pest management, training, wood utilization, and volunteer programs. He will shine light on the successes and barriers to urban wood utilization programs from the perspective of the municipal government as well as community-based efforts.
Brown + Storey Architects is a Canadian architecture practice based in Toronto. The work of Brown and Storey Architects has been recognized and awarded in numerous local and international competitions.
Kim Storey will be speaking about opportunities for uses of urban wood and shining light on the Kingston Park Revitalization Project in Chatham-Kent, for which they received the 2012 Ontario Wood WORKS award for the Institutional and Commercial Wood Design <$10M category.
Brothers Dressler arose from a working collaboration between Jason and Lars Dressler with a vision to design and build bespoke furnishings, lighting, objects and special projects. Using local, reclaimed, found, ecologically friendly and responsibly harvested materials, they work to promote local manufacturing while making long-lasting heirloom pieces.
Jason Dressler, one half of Brothers Dressler, will describe some of their efforts to minimize waste by giving off-cuts and waste streams new life. He will also touch on their involvement with the Ash Our of Quarantine initative, bring light to the useful properties of the city's many ash trees affected by the emerald ash borer infestation.
Storyboard Furniture Ltd, a company of young artists and woodworkers, designs residential furniture with ecological integrity. Focusing on a ‘tree to table’ approach, they have been a part of a number of different projects including the salvage of wood from a historic dying apple orchard in Huttonville, Ontario.
Dennis Hale will bespeaking about the cultural affects, as well as the economic effects of salvaged urban wood.