July 1, 2023

Episode Summary

In this episode, Craig Applegath has a conversation with Franco Piva. Franco is known as the Italian Timber Engineer and founder of engineering company Ergodomus. His focus lies in sustainable timber projects around the world. Craig and Franco discuss the sustainability of mass timber as well as key challenges currently preventing the global adoption of mass timber. They also cover mass timber innovations Franco sees in his work, and the role that architects and engineers play in design for manufacture and assembly.

In This Episode

Franco Piva

“I combined together my two big passions: to be an engineer and to use new technologies”

“We need to pay attention to one thing: we need to source the material from sustainable forests”

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Land Acknowledgement

We wish to acknowledge this land on which the University of Toronto operates. For thousands of years it has been the traditional land of the Huron-Wendat, the Seneca, and the Mississaugas of the Credit. Today, this meeting place is still the home to many Indigenous people from across Turtle Island and we are grateful to have the opportunity to work on this land.