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Five Houses, Ten Details (Writing Matters) Hardcover – July 1, 2009

ISBN-13: 978-1568988269 ISBN-10: 1568988265 Edition: 1st

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  • Series: Writing Matters
  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Princeton Architectural Press; 1 edition (July 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1568988265
  • ISBN-13: 978-1568988269
  • Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 1.1 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #902,101 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"An accessible, personal account of Edward Ford's exploration of architectural detail. Part of the Writing Matters series." --William Stout Architectural Books, June, 2009

"Every architect knows that God (or is it the Devil?) is in the detail, and Edward Ford, who has two previous substantial tomes on the subject, tells us why. Five Houses, Ten Details belongs to a Princeton Press Series `Writing Matters', and it is this, and the fact that the author is a writer, teacher and architect, that sets the framework in which the book is presented. The aurhor is a patient man; he has taken six years and five designs in his exploration to find a satisfactory solution and build a house for his family; and at the same time to structure a set of lessons which he trusts leads to the ultimate definition, that `detail is not an accessory to architecture but its essence'." --InDesign Magazine

"Nevertheless, Five Houses, Ten Details succeeds on multiple levels. Ford has effectively crafted a fine study not only of an indispensable element of architectural practice that's often misunderstood or overlooked, but also an engaging and illuminating look into the maturation of an individual designer's process, and the influences and elements of personal history that led him to approach the way that he does." --Architects Newspaper

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By KIM JEE JEUNG on February 23, 2014
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As an architect myself, I was really touched by the author's honesty with which he approaches this difficult topic, in the first place.
It was like I was permitted to look inside a commonly secretive architect's mind in depth.
His questions that couldn't be answered and remained open as the topic is not easy really made me rethink about what I am doing.
Absolutely a must-read. I love this book.
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Edward Ford is the Shea Professor of Architecture at the University of Virginia. In addition to his four books, he has written articles for L'Architecture d'Aujourd'hui, Inform, Detail, Harvard Design Magazine, Perspecta, arq, and was a consultant to the 1992 American Heritage Dictionary. The work of his architectural firm has been published in The New American House, Japan Architect, Competitions, 18 Houses, Inform, arq, and Oculus and has been exhibited at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, the Art Institute of Chicago, and the Chicago Foundation for Architecture. He won second prize in the 1990 Matteson Library Competition and third prize in the 1990 Japan Architect Competition. In 2002 the Ford house won an Honor Award for Design from the Virginia AIA.. In 2004 he was the Thomas Jefferson Visiting Fellow at Downing College at the University of Cambridge and in 2010 the Pietro Belluschi Distinguished Visiting Professor at the University of Oregon.

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