Building Blocks of the Future

When Marissa Hilliard joined the University of Idaho College of Art and Architecture, she knew she would combine analytical and creative thinking to work on real life projects. She didn’t expect she would be involved in creating a new sustainable construction material.

A team of researchers from U of I and Auburn University are exploring how to use timber waste materials to increase housing affordability and sustainability. Ultimately, they want to help mitigate climate change. Hilliard is part of the interdisciplinary team investigating how wood waste could be used in 3D printing technology for construction.

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