Run-Time: 1 x 22 min.
Directed by Gerald Benesch and Barbara Weissenbeck
filmwerkstatt Wien for ORF
Languages: German (ORIGINAL)
Newton - Wood
Newton - Holz
Can we rely on wood to build the houses of the future? Doesn't this material burn in a fire? Aren't we going to run out of wood? Shouldn't we find alternative solutions? Experts answer those questions to shatter your prejudice against one of the most versatile materials on earth. We dare you not to change your mind.
When we think of wood, we think of rough countrymen. But wood is a versatile material which offers phenomenal possibilities not only for builders but also for general wellbeing. One of the oldest building materials is going through important changes thanks to modern techniques: the highest wooden house in the world and its 24 floors and height of 84 meters will be erected in Vienna-Aspern. The foundations are being built as we speak. Scientific tests are crushing our prejudices against wood: it may be burnt for heat but it also helps slow down the spreading of a fire - even more than steel does. Wood, innovation, new knowledge and tradition: a true melting pot of creative ideas which is shaping the future of construction. Will there be enough wood to build wooden houses for generations? In Vienna, a Professor at the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences is here to answer all of our questions.