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Earth to Spirit: In Search of Natural Architecture Hardcover – March 1, 1995


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 159 pages
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books (March 1, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0811807029
  • ISBN-13: 978-0811807029
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 0.9 x 10.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,166,460 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Continuing in the tradition of Pearson's best-selling The Natural House Book (LJ 11/15/89), this New Age approach to eco-architecture touts a variety of "environmentally clean" and "spiritually healthy" buildings from around the world and through the centuries. Beginning, predictably, with a somewhat random discussion of ancient models deemed environmentally correct, Pearson, a London-based architect, guides the reader through a miscellany of organic styles ranging from Frank Lloyd Wright and Rudolf Steiner to the works of contemporary counterparts. While a valuable and at times inspiring overview of the emerging trend of vernacular architecture as pharmacon, the book's cursory and desultory approach exasperates. A brief bibliography and an 18-term glossary complete this rather disappointing work. Too scant to be of academic interest, this may be useful as a source of inspiration in popular collections.
Russell T. Clement, Univ. of Tennessee, Knoxville
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 7, 1998
Format: Hardcover
Earth to spirit explores classic habitats from all corners of the world, and introduces us to the basic, and common shelter needs of us all. Although the book concentrates more on rural, and ethnic dwellings, Pearson also shows the adaptations relevant to Western cosmoploitan life. To often an author is either "high tech" or "green". In Earth to Spirit, we see how it is possible to live in an ecologically sound dwelling, while maintaining and incorporating the modern technologies prevelant in modern homes.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By audrey TOP 500 REVIEWER on February 16, 2002
Format: Paperback
The author finds examples from all over the world and from traditional as well as modern sources in his quest to define and encourage architecture that is in harmony with nature. Chapters include: Ancestral Archetypes, Healing Architecture, Harmony with the Land, Vernacular Wisdom, Cultural Identity, and Living the Dream, the last being examples of individuals and organizations using the principles espoused by the author. There is some text, but what truly persuades are the many beautiful photographs, well chosen and accompanied by informative paragraphs.
Viewing these marvelous examples of harmonious architecture, one can be disheartened at the ugliness and mediocrity of so much architecture surrounding us. But the book also teaches us to look in many places, old and new, near and far, to find examples of creative blendings of nature and humanity.
A lovely, inspiring book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Scott Knudsen on May 1, 2003
Format: Hardcover
This book gives you a taste of environmentally friendly architecture from all over the world. Learn about the new earth friendly technology and rediscover old but superior ways of building. It feels like I am reading a few of my other books all put together in one but with some stuff left out. Could use some more photo's but other wise it was a nice educational read.
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By Howard Bryan on February 14, 2010
Format: Hardcover
This is a very nice book. It will provide the reader with ideas about implementing regional or cultural specialities into construction projects. There is no real architectural detail provided, but it will offer the reader diversity.
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0 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Noeleen Maree Lamb on June 15, 2010
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I have not received this item yet, so have not give it
any stars, when I receive it will write the review.
Perhaps you could let me know the delivery status.
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have not seen the book, as I could not submit this
without it!!!!
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