Interesting news from France

French President Emanuel Macron is mandating that all new public buildings in France which are financed by the government must contain at least 50% wood or other organic materials starting in 2022.

Even before yesterday's announcement, French cities beyond Paris have embraced timber construction. Hyperion, with cross-laminated timber (CLT) floors and walls wrapping a concrete core, is one of two wooden towers under construction in Bordeaux.

Denormandie is also calling for the creation of 100 urban farms, with 30 of the locations determined by this summer, and adding 90 new "eco-neighborhoods" under a new association, France Ville Durable.