As a carpenter and lover of all things Wood I had to but this second edition. Just for your info, the first edition is going for something like £100. The ideas inside this book are fantastic, if only timber prices where cheaper in the UK or clients had some balls to trust designers and go with proper hard wood timber. It's the most versatile product on the planet and it's a shame that the UK is so far behind in what we use Wood for.
I thought the first volume of Wood Architecture Now! was terrific. Volume 2, as is usual with successive volumes of Taschen series, is slightly less exciting, but it's still very much a revelation what amazing new ways architects come up with when they're dealing with wood. Excellent pictures, nice proportion texts/photos (after all, one buys modern architecture books for the pictures, doesn't one?). Both Taschen and editor Philip Jodidio are quite outstanding in this field.