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Product Details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge; 1 edition (August 25, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0750656042
  • ISBN-13: 978-0750656047
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 11 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,804,460 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'Javier Senosiain tackles a large subject with appropriate enthusiasm. He gives an insight into the basic elements found in nature and shows how they are used in the architecture and construction of our built environment. No study of bio-architecture should begin without reference to vernacular architecture from around the world and Senosiain provides a well illustrated study of forms and structures from various climatic zones.'
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Inspires architects to design structures that complement and correspond to their natural surroundings

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Grace G. on April 4, 2009
Format: Paperback
I really enjoyed this book. It is interesting, elegant, and inspiring. I wish the united states would embrace a more natural form of architecture as its new standard.
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22 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Mark J. Jones on April 19, 2005
Format: Paperback
I paid rather a lot for this slim volume, and am very dissatisfied with it. Firstly, the content. The language is pompous and peppered with annoying quotations intended to support the author in making a point. Occasionally, the link between text and quotation is so tenuous that the inclusion of a comment is baffling. There is lots of pompous waffle, self-evident observations, and meaningless statements, not to mention some very involved (and hugely patronising) schematics supposed to elucidate the design process. The poor quality of the translation may not help (see below), but Senosiain is the offender here.

Furthermore, Senosiain makes a number of completely unsubstantiated comments, e.g. p. 73 "The Tower of Babel was built with clay approximately 27,000 years ago." There is no conclusive evidence to support this claim, and one wonders how many other comments show a similar disregard for scientific rigour. He also fails to engage with the (increasingly important) need for ecologically-friendly building to a satisfactory extent.

Many of the images (e.g. Fig 1.52 on page 42) appear to have been scanned and then enlarged with all the loss of resolution one might expect from such a process. This detracts hugely from a book which, like other architectural works, relies heavily on images to make a point.

The translation is atrocious. This may occasionally add to the impression of patronising pomposity (e.g. "savage beasts" used in preference to the more usual "wild animals" on page 76). In other places, no attempt has been made at translation at all. The Dogon people of Mali and Burkina Faso are referred to using the Spanish plural "Dogones" (p. 72), not usual in English.
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