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Wood and Wood Joints: Building Traditions of Europe, Japan and China (1ST ed.) -Zwerger, Klaus (Author)

Wood and Wood Joints: Building Traditions of Europe, Japan and China (1ST ed.) -Zwerger, Klaus (Author)

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Wood and Wood Joints: Building Traditions of Europe, Japan and China (1ST ed.) 
Contributor(s): Zwerger, Klaus (Author)
ISBN: 3035624801    EAN: 9783035624809
Publisher: Birkhauser    
US SRP: $78.99 US 
Binding: Hardcover
Copyright Date: 2023
Pub Date: February 20, 2023


There is a long tradition of using wood as a distinct and ecologically sound building material. Wooden architecture conveys for today's world the breadth of knowledge held in Western and Eastern cultures about the creative use of this unique material. The typical technique of building with wood, joinery, requires that elements are connected only by the skillful interlocking of the constructive parts.

In this book, the history of wooden architecture is described in detail using hundreds of examples from Japan, China and Europe. From a holistic understanding, a picture emerges that is informative for architects, and designers, reopens an almost lost world to builders, and will enthrall laypeople.

    • A new introduction highlights the continuing importance of traditional techniques, particularly in the age of digital manufacturing processes.
    • For the first time, all photos are printed in duotone
    • "A book for aesthetes ..." (Baumeister)

Building with wood as an ecologically viable material is a tradition with a long history. In the most typical method, elements are connected by using wood joints which do not require the assistance of adhesives or metal connectors.

By looking at several hundred examples from Japan, China and 18 European countries, this book describes in great detail the history of timber architecture in terms of its technical, aesthetic and ecological dimensions. This thorough study is a mine of information to specialists in this field; it opens up to the craftsman of today what has become an almost forgotten world and provides a fascinating account for the general reader.

The new introduction to the third edition reviews developments since the first publication of this book in 1997.

Physical Info: 1.3" H x 11.9" L x 9.2" W (4.15 lbs) 324 pages

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