Fieldworks | Designing With Northeast Forests

Tri-Lox & Yale F&ES
Oct 19 – 20, 2019

Can designers collaborate with local forests?
How do our practices impact forest conservation?


Tri-Lox is marking the launch of a new set of initiatives, Fieldworks, by gathering architects for a sustainability summit at the Yale-Myers Forest in northeastern Connecticut. Join us for an autumn weekend in the field, where we will explore how forests and the built environment can support one another.

Who is this for?


Architectural, landscape, and urban designers who seek to deeply engage with wood sustainability in their practice. Participants will be joined by foresters, environmental scientists, local forest stakeholders, and experts in the world’s most sustainable building material.

Up to twenty-five participants will be selected from a variety of design firms in New York City. We’re looking to host a dynamic group of designers and environmental specialists who will learn from one another and bring their experience at the summit back to their own practice. Participants should come prepared for an autumn weekend outside and amongst the trees.

What to Expect

The Experience

The summit will take place October 19-20, 2019 at the Yale-Myers Forest (YMF) – roughly three hours from NYC. The largest private landholding in the state, YMF is an active working forest laboratory for cutting-edge research, education, and public engagement conducted by Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies (F&ES). The summit will feature in-the-field tours, demonstrations, an AIA-accredited presentation, fire-side chats, and a brunch roundtable discussion. Participants will be fully immersed in a vibrant working forest with the comforts of first-rate facilities and a chef-made local food experience.

Forest Tour:

Hike through Yale’s vast educational forest guided by leading experts and learn about the composition and history of our local forests, sustainable management practices, harvesting techniques, and the path-breaking research being done in the field. While inevitably captivated by the canopy above, we’ll also be looking down to the forest floor for seasonal wild foods available for foraging in our Northeast forests.

Sawmill Demonstration:

Look inside a tree and see the process of sawmilling up close. This demo will illustrate key elements of transforming logs into lumber and identify relationships between milling techniques and wood in architecture.


Learn about specifying for forest conservation and the potential for design to connect the natural to the built environment. The presentation will share the results of collaborative fieldwork conducted by Tri-Lox and research fellows at Yale F&ES. Drawing from the summit experience, this will be a practical guide for how designers can engage with local forests toward positive ecological, environmental, and social impact.

Brunch Roundtable:

Participate in a collaborative discussion with a diversity of voices over fresh local fare. We will explore global solutions rooted in local action and share professional knowledge rooted in experience on projects large and small. How can we collectively work toward establishing stronger connections to material sources and implementing best-practices for the industry? What challenges need to be addressed and what kinds of strategies are available? Can we create a robust, inclusive, and informed approach to make the direct connection between sustainable design decisions and real impact for local forests, communities and larger climate initiatives?


Forest Fare

Yale-Myers Forest Camp

Accommodations and activities will be hosted at the newly constructed Yale-Myers Forest Camp, located within the nearly 8,000-acre working research forest. Participants will sleep in either a single or double room (see cost breakdown below). Camping is also possible with limited availability (details to follow). Participants are encouraged, but not required to stay on the grounds.

A Local Food Experience

The summit will feature a multi-course dinner crafted by chefs of the Highlands Dinner Club (HDC). Founded in Harlem NYC in 2009, HDC is a social and culinary laboratory produced by Broadloom Group and collaboratively executed by a rotating cast of creative partners, chefs, farmers, designers, artists, and food provocateurs. Wielding spontaneous spirit and exceptional local ingredients, HDC has created experiences across the US and internationally in Nigeria, Kenya, Uganda, and central Asia. The table is foundational to human interaction and HDC believes there is no better space to instigate creative and convivial collisions.

HDC’s founding chef and Creative Director, Benjamin Walmer, is also founding architect of Broadloom Group, an interdisciplinary design practice with diverse specialties including restaurant design, food systems design, and agricultural master planning. HDC is Broadloom’s ongoing experiment using the table to connect and celebrate people, place, and producer.


Summit Participation (Includes Food & Drink)


Single Room:


Shared Double Room:



No additional cost – Limited availability

Questions about Fieldworks?

If you have any queries, send them our way at – [email protected]

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