Crafting Wood

Crafting Wood

Structure and Expression

New findings on timber joints: presenting results from a practice-based educational cooperation of European universities



Title Information

Edited by Carmen Rist-Stadelmann, Machiel Spaan and Urs Meister

1st edition

, 2021


160 pages, 122 color and 120 b/w illustrations and plans

20 x 30 cm

ISBN 978-3-03860-235-4


Wood has a centuries-long tradition as well a huge potential for future use as a highly versatile building material. Crafting Wood: Structure and Expression presents newly gained knowledge on timber construction and on timber joints in particular.

This book—lavishly illustrated with plans, sketches, and photographs—emerged from an international educational cooperation of the University of Liechtenstein in Vaduz, the Norwegian University of Science and Technology NTNU in Trondheim, and the Academy of Architecture in Amsterdam. The program treated a vast range timber joints from diverse theoretical and practical aspects. Students conceived and made by hand new joints that were then applied in prototypes for entire structures, designed also as part of the course, at a scale of 1:5. The volume analyzes this learning process and offers a new introduction to the topic of timber joints in architecture through text and images.


With contributions by Bjorn Otto Braaten, Arnstein Gilberg, Niels Groeneveld, Haakon Haanes, Annemariken Hilberink, Tibor Joanelly, Cathrine Johansen Haanes, Urs Meister, Mario Rinke, Carmen Rist-Stadelmann, August Schmidt, Jan Siem, Machiel Spaan, Harm Tilman, and Klaus Zwerger.


Carmen Rist-Stadelmann is a lecturer and directs the master’s program at the Institute of Architecture and Planning, University of Liechtenstein in Vaduz.


Machiel Spaan teaches at the Academy of Architecture in Amsterdam, where he is also a founding partner with architectural firm M3H.


Urs Meister is a professor of design and construction at the Institute of Architecture and Planning, University of Liechtenstein in Vaduz, and a founding partner of Zurich-based Käferstein & Meister Architects.


Also available:

Crafting the Façade. Stone, Brick, Wood.

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