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Handmade Houses and Other Buildings: The World of Vernacular Architecture Hardcover – May 24, 2010

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  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Thames & Hudson Ltd; 1st ed edition (May 24, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 050034258X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0500342589
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.9 x 8.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.1 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,554,486 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kelly Hart on November 24, 2011
Format: Hardcover
For such a little book "Handmade Houses & Other Buildings" by John May really does explore the world of vernacular architecture in an informative and amazingly detailed manner.

It starts out with a full color "Gallery of Building Media" that showcases houses made with the primary materials found around the world: wood, stone, earth, bamboo, reeds, snow, skins and animal fiber, and recycled materials. The author points out that "vernacular architecture, by its very nature, is built from local materials that are readily to hand and is thus defined by the geology and ecology of the region and by local climate conditions. Constructed by the community using traditional tools, these structures are highly practical, energy-efficient, and blend with the landscape. These buildings carry many of the attributes that we are now seeking in 'green architecture' as we struggle to adapt our built environment to the demands and concerns of the climate-change era." I might add that these building also tend to do all of this in an elegant and lovely manner.

The remainder of the book is divided into the major regions of the globe where one can find such architecture and showcases many fine examples of what you might expect from each. A two-page layout is devoted to every example, with both descriptive and cultural data provided. The illustrations alone are worth the price of the book, with considerable detail lavished on exactly how the buildings are assembled and with what materials. One could literally attempt to duplicate many of the structures just from what is shown.

What a pleasure to delve into the of forms and functions that have sprung from the fertile mind of man!
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