100 Contemporary Wood Buildings – Philip Jodidio

100 Contemporary Wood Buildings – Philip Jodidio

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Timberland: The wooden structures of the 21st century Not so very long ago some might have considered wood a material of the past long since replaced by more modern components such as concrete and steel. The truth is radically different. Bolstered by new manufacturing techniques and ecological benefits wood has seen a fabulous resurgence in contemporary construction. This double-volume survey explores how architects around the world have created and invented with this elementary material. Featuring follies very large buildings and ambitious urban renewal schemes it celebrates the diverse deployment of wood from architects in China Chile and everywhere in between. We see how wood can at once transform urban spaces as in the Metropol Parasol in Seville by Jrgen Mayer H and allow for sensitive interventions in natural environments as at the Finnish Forest Research Institute by SARC Architects or the Termas Geomtricas Hot Springs Complex by Germn del Sol. True to all TASCHEN architecture tomes the book pays tribute to many emerging international talents as well as to such renowned figures as Tadao Ando to Renzo Piano. It celebrates each of these architects vision and innovation as well as investigating the techniques trends and principles that have informed their work with wood. It examines the computer guided milling that has allowed for novel new forms the responsible harvesting that allows wood to align with our environmental concerns and above all woods enduring appeal to our senses and our psyche comforting hectic modern lives with a sense of Arcadian beauty and simplicity. Philip Jodidio (born 1954) studied art history and economics at Harvard and edited Connaissance des Arts for over 20 years. His books include TASCHENs Architecture Now! series and monographs on Tadao Ando Norman Foster Richard Meier Jean Nouvel and Zaha Hadid. He is internationally renowned as one of the most popular writers on the subject of architecture. Text in English French and German.