U-JOINTS – A taxonomy of connections

Weighing in at more than 900 pages, this is the most far-reaching book ever published on the topic of joints. Comprehensive and interdisciplinary, the book features technical information about joinery as well as stories and commentaries.

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The heart of the book is a vast taxonomy of more than 1300 joints, organized into six main chapters: Basic fasteners, Mechanical joints, Knits and knots, Wood joints, Adhesives, and Fused joints. Compiled by a team of more than 50 authors, the book features 80 essays and interviews, as well as 120 anecdotes, more than 1000 images, 240 illustrations and numerous patents. 15 new photographic works by young and upcoming photographers reframe the overlooked details for readers to discover.

List of contributors and subjects: AATB, Johanna Agermann Ross, Anni Albers, Florian Amoser, Ant Farm, Ron Arad, Archigram, Inés Ariza, ARUP, Clifford Ashley, Margherita Banchi, Anne Bates, Luca Becchetti, Elizabeth Bisley, Philippe Block, Raul Gonzales Bravo, Barbara Brondi, Franco Bulian, Gabriela Burkhalter, Marianne Burkhalter, Jacques Carelman, Marco Casino, Eleonora Castellarin, Charlie Chaplin, Pierre Charpin, Brendan Cormier, Matthieu Cortat, Marco Costantini, Thomas Demand, Benjamin Dillenburger, Pierre Doze, Delphine Drouin-Prouvé, Norman Foster, Buckminster Fuller, Fabrizio Gallanti, Ilaria Giannetti, Fabio Gramzio, Susanne Graner, Sam Grawe, Maxime Guyon, Sebastian Hackenschmidt, James Hennessey, Yngve Holen, Clare Hunter, Dylan Iwakuni, Philippe Johnson, Hella Jongerius, Jane Joyce, Hettie Judah, Eliyahu Keller, Ruby Kitching, Matthias Kohler, Kengo Kuma, Shiro Kuramata, Tiffany Lambert, Mike Lane, Sergio Leone, Liam, Daisy and Dave, Miles Lewis, Vico Magistretti, Enzo Mari, Michael Marriott, Allegra Martin, Sally McGrane, Angus McGuyver, Alberto Meda, Leonardo Mosso, Marc Newson, Claes Oldenburg, Damian Ortega, Victor Papanek, Des Pawson, Gaetano Pesce, Tom F. Peters, Philippe Petit, Marta Pezzoli, Francesca Picchi, Mariana Popescu, Jean Prouvé, Piercarlo Quecchia, Marco Rainò, Peter Rice, Peter Lymburner Robertson, Richard Rogers, Nadja Rottner, Simone Sandahl, Delfino Sisto Legnani, Bruce Sterling, Oli Stratford, Deyan Sudjic, Christian Sumi, Superstudio, Skylar Tibbits, Margaret Tudor, Alice Twemlow, Jonas Villinger, Justinas Vilutis, Konrad Wachsmann, Hans Wegner, Yves Weinand, Richard Wiborg, Mark Whitby, Lebbeus Woods, Frank Lloyd Wright, Marco Zanuso, Peter Zumthor, and many more!

The U-JOINTS project is made possible thanks to the immense generosity and enthusiasm brought to it by all those involved. Now, working collectively and collaboratively, we will also self-publish this large volume and share it with the wider public at an accessible price.