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Publication of the book Holz : Stoff oder Form

© 2014 EPFL

© 2014 EPFL

Professor Yves Weinand contributed to the book Holz: Stoff oder Form, edited by Mario Rinke and Joseph Schwartz that will be published at the end of the month by Niggli Editions. It contains many scientific contributions to the wood material and its innovation.

Wood is one of the oldest materials in the history of building – and simultaneously one of the most modern. No other construction material has gone through such dynamic changes over the past few years as wood has: the disassembly and reorganization of the material as layered and fiber composites have made it technically far easier to handle, flexible and formally shapeable. It is now available as a construction material for abstract geometrical concepts and this in dimensions with practically no natural limitations. Firmly anchored in the construction images of the old natural material timber, wood has today reached far out into the range of structural possibilities other materials have offered and is thrusting its way forward as a highly practical replacement for them in building practice. The changes that have been brought about to its inner material composition are accompanied by exciting possibilities for design and forming. All of this has put wood firmly into its current position where from the interplay of a rustic natural material and a projection medium it has emerged as an ideal means for the realization of form concepts that are independent of materials.

Mario Rinke und Joseph Schwartz (eds.), Holz: Stoff oder Form, Transformation einer Konstruktionslogik, Niggli Verlag, Sulgen, 2014

German, approx. 340 pages, approx. 280 illustrations, 20,4 x 28,8 cm.

With texts by Christoph Baumberger, Walter Bieler, Hermann Blumer, Gion A. Caminada, Thomas Domian, Marie Drath, Jörg Gleiter, Hannes Henz, Tim Ingold, Johannes Käferstein, Katrin Künzi, Beat Mathys, Urs Meister, Ákos Moravánszky, Stefan Polónyi, José Afonso Portocarrero, Mario Rinke, Christoph Schindler, Joseph Schwartz, Philip Ursprung, André Wagenführ, Yves Weinand, Niklaus Wenger, Mark Aurel Wyss, David Yeomans, Klaus Zwerger

Author: Marielle Savoyat