Anssi Lassila lecturing at the Strelka Institute in Moscow

September 1, 2016

At 19:00


Strelka Institute

14, Bldg. 5A, 

Bersenevskaya Embankment 

Moscow, 119072, Russia


Lecture by Anssi Lassila, OOPEAA

The Future of Wood: Back to Basics 


In his talk at the Strelka Institute, Anssi Lassila will share his thinking on the future of wood in architecture and construction. Drawing from his own experience in working with wood, he will look at the material qualities of wood and the ways in which they find expression in defining the structural framework of a building. From the traditional log cabin to the contemporary multi-story housing block composed of prefabricated volumetric cross-laminated timber (CLT) modules, the idea of modularity and the most optimal use of material have always been central in guiding the process of creating a building out of wood. New techniques and new ways of handling wood as a material for building today open up new possibilities in flexibly customized standardization, yet we also have a lot gain from the knowledge embedded in the tradition of working with wood.

The lecture is part of Strelka’s summer public program organized this year under the heading New mindset. Other speakers in the series this year include Steven Holl architects and Reiulf Ramstad, among others.


Strelka Institute for Media, Architecture and Design was founded in 2009 to inspire change in the cultural and physical landscapes of Russian cities. The Institute promotes positive changes and creates new ideas and values through its educational activities. Strelka Institute is a non-governmental institution with an experimental approach to education. Its educational program promotes critical thinking and public presentation skills. Strelka is open to the world and ready for cooperation and networking; all the knowledge produced at the Institute and many of its educational events are free to the public. This openness has turned the Strelka Institute into a popular public space around which various communities are built.