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Developments in Timber Engineering: The Swiss Contributionby Anton Steurer
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The early twentieth century witnessed a transition from wood to timber construction, from log houses to dimensioned post and beams dressed for frame building. The subsequent development of laminated timber and new joinery techniques made wood a viable alternative to steel and concrete, and led to anumber of awe-inspiring structures that captured, and continue to capture, the public imagination. One center of imaginative and daring timber construction has been Switzerland, whose engineers, architects, and carpenters have provided fundamental knowledge and inspiration for builders in wood around the world. Developments in Timber Construction focuses not only on the best timber structures in Switzerland, but also on numerous international projects built by Swiss architects and engineers.
A transition from traditional building with wood to timber construction engineering took place at the beginning of the 20th Century. The development of laminated timber construction and new joining techniques made wood a viable alternative material to steel and concrete, but it was the realisation of a number of awe-inspiring structures in the 1960's that captured public attention.
This publication examines the technical developments in historical context and illustrates these with exemplary applications, thus providing invaluable fundamental knowledge for construction engineers, architects and carpenters.
Although focusing on Switzerland, it also includes numerous international projects either built by Swiss architects and engineers, or with a strong influence on the Swiss construction scene.
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