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Conversations about climate change : CLOSED

The Timber Trade Federation’s Conversations about Climate Change design competition in collaboration with the Building Centre, has now closed.

We announce the closure of our Conversations about Climate Change design competition – in collaboration with the Building Centre, supported by the UK Government Department for International Development.

Conversations about Climate Change, a design competition setting architects, designers and craftspeople the challenge of creating ‘conversation pieces’ from responsibly sourced tropical hardwood timber. 

We wanted architects, designers, craftspeople and specifiers to respond to the material of tropical hardwood, encouraging them to think about how the materials they usually work with, and to consider how their role as a specifier is vital for implementing change. Designs will stimulate conversation about material provenance and its place in the climate debate while revealing the aesthetic qualities of the palette of tropical hardwood species selected. Creations will all be fabricated using tropical hardwood from the fifteen countries working towards the EU FLEGT Action Plan, to generate greater awareness and demand for FLEGT-licensed timber and timber products.

The competition closed on the 24th August at 11:59PM.

Six winners will be chosen by our expert judging panel, fabricated for the design competition. This includes Adam Brinkworth of Brinkworth; Julia Barfield of Marks Barfield Architects; Yinka Ilori;  Leah Riley Brown from the British Retail Consortium; Andrew Waugh of Waugh Thistleton Architects; Vanessa Norwood Creative Director of the Building Centre, and David Hopkins CEO of the Timber Trade Federation. The winners will be provided with responsibly sourced tropical hardwood – sourced through the TTF members, in line with our Responsible Purchasing Policy – a maker’s bursary of £1,000 and where applicable, matched up with workshops where their designs will be developed and fabricated.

Designs have focused on a vast cohort including links to: the effects of climate change including sea level rise, extreme weather events and mitigation efforts; the beauty of tropical hardwood species available, sustainable forestry and climate extinction. We are extremely excited to review all design ideas and for the anonymous judging event via zoom next week.

The winners will be announced at the end of next week. Any questions or queries regarding submissions or the process, can be sent to

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