n. A tall building made mostly from wood.
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The buildings they envision have been dubbed "plyscrapers." Their halting arrival into the mainstream of architecture represents a test case for whether the goal of sustainability can motivate a reversal of both long-term construction norms and the laws that have grown around them.
—Courtney Humphries, “Will cities of the future be built of wood?,” The Boston Globe, July 06, 2014
When a little-known Canadian architect suggested last year that a skyscraper could be made almost entirely from wood, the head of wood engineering at one of Britain's biggest builders scoffed. When the architects responsible for the world’s tallest building touted a similar "plyscraper" in May, the idea became harder to dismiss.
—“Plyscrapers,” The Economist, July 04, 2013
2011 (earliest)
Michael Green, who detailed his vision for the world's first "timber skyscraper" during a keynote address last week at a Green Cities conference in Australia, told Postmedia News on Monday that a provincially supported study due to be released later this month will show that such buildings can be cost-saving as well as both fire- and earthquake-safe.
—Randy Boswell, “Plyscrapers? Future office towers could be built of wood, B.C. study concludes,” Postmedia News, March 08, 2011
—“Downtown Houston's Tallest Plyscraper,” Swamplot, September 19, 2008