Buildings Without Architects

Buildings Without Architects

A Global Guide to Everyday Architecture

Book - 2010
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A wonderfully informative reference on vernacular styles, from adobe pueblos and Pennsylvania barns to Mongolian yurts and Indonesian stilt houses.

This small but comprehensive book documents the rich cultural past of vernacular building styles, from Irish sod houses to sub-Saharan wattle-and-daub huts and redwoods treehouses. It offers inspiration for home woodworking enthusiasts as well as architects, conservationists, and anyone interested in energy-efficient building and sustainability. The variety and ingenuity of the world's vernacular building traditions are richly illustrated, and the materials and techniques are explored. With examples from every continent, the book documents the diverse methods people have used to create shelter from locally available natural materials, and shows the impressively handmade finished products through diagrams, cross-sections, and photographs. Unlike modern buildings that rely on industrially produced materials and specialized tools and techniques, the everyday architecture featured here represents a rapidly disappearing genre of handcrafted and beautifully composed structures that are irretrievably "of their place." These structures are the work of unsung and often anonymous builders that combine artistic beauty, practical form, and necessity.
Publisher: New York : Rizzoli, c2010.
ISBN: 9780847833610
0847833615
Branch Call Number: 720.9
Characteristics: 192 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 22 cm.

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Jul 26, 2011

I loved this book! There were so many effective illustrations to clarify the structure and appearance of the many forms of vernacular architecture discussed in this book.

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