New Wood Architecture

Overview

Despite its legacy as a traditional building material, timber is experiencing a renaissance as contemporary architects and designers increasingly come to appreciate its sustainability, versatility, and beauty. Lavishly illustrated with over 300 photographs and drawings, New Wood Architecture features over 40 contemporary projects from around the world by leading architects including Shigeru Ban, Roberto Briccola, Santiago Calatrava, Steven Holl, Herzog + Partner, Herzog and de Meuron, Peter Hübner, Renzo Piano ...

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Overview

Despite its legacy as a traditional building material, timber is experiencing a renaissance as contemporary architects and designers increasingly come to appreciate its sustainability, versatility, and beauty. Lavishly illustrated with over 300 photographs and drawings, New Wood Architecture features over 40 contemporary projects from around the world by leading architects including Shigeru Ban, Roberto Briccola, Santiago Calatrava, Steven Holl, Herzog + Partner, Herzog and de Meuron, Peter Hübner, Renzo Piano Building Workshop, and Peter Zumthor.
Ruth Slavid examines the innovative ways timber is currently being handled and how its use has been expanded by new technologies and experiments with traditional building methods. Featured topics include wood’s natural properties in rural landscapes; its heritage as a vernacular building material; its pragmatic and cost-efficient properties; its versatility; current technological innovations such as the uses of engineered products, laminates, plywoods, and chipboards; the ways wood can be combined with other materials to enhance its structural properties; and its use as a recycled or “green” material in some of the most beautiful and experimental plans being constructed today.

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
"Exhilarating and dynamic" best describes this lavishly illustrated volume highlighting the revival of creating and building with wood. In her introduction, Slavid (special projects editor, the Architect's Journal) presents an excellent global overview of timber processes and the lumber industry, discussing historical and contemporary uses of wood. The book's seven chapters showcase 42 international projects, exploring topics such as closeness to nature, modern vernacular, inspired pragmatism, sense of place, inside story, pushing technology, and changing views. These visually dazzling and spectacularly photographed projects include living, commercial, cultural, governmental, and public spaces. What results is a dramatic and inspiring book that should be useful to public and academic libraries, as well as collections focusing on architectural design. Enthusiastically recommended.-Stephen Allan Patrick, East Tennessee State Univ. Libs., Johnson City Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780300107944
  • Publisher: Yale University Press
  • Publication date: 7/11/2005
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 10.16 (w) x 10.08 (h) x 1.12 (d)

Meet the Author

Ruth Slavid is special projects editor for The Architect’s Journal.

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