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Entering conversations about climate change : David Hopkins

David Hopkins, CEO of the Timber Trade Federation and creator of the ‘Conversations about Climate Change’ timber design competition, in collaboration with the Building Centre shares his ideas for entry as we count down into the last 10 days to enter.

“If I was entering the competition and looking to design something, I would like to think of some of the more off-beat products that you can get from tropical countries. Indonesia for example – it was the first country to sign a VPA agreement with the EU, and it was the first country to actually bring FLEGT licensed timber products into the market. Really high performance, high quality, fire doors from Indonesia are the thing that most local councils, most local authorities, want to see. I think there’s a good link, symbolically, between fire and climate change and I’d like to see somebody actually make use of those fire doors in some sort of playful installation piece, which can start to express the relationship between natural disaster, keeping forests standing, and the products that we can get out of them”.   The competition closes on the 24th August. Full details, resources and submission form can be found here.

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