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Home: A Short History of an Idea Paperback – July 7, 1987
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Top Customer Reviews
If Tom Wolfe's "From Bauhaus to Our House" is a savage indictment of modern architecture, Rybczynski's book is no less disappointed but even more careful to show how far back in history architects went astray from the guiding principle of 'how to keep humans comfortable'. Till I read Rybczynski, I hadn't realized that 19th century women were more concerned with the sensible flow of activity from room to room in a house, and more interested in time/labor saving innovations such as electricity, than were the architects of the time: they were still preoccupied with the regularity of the façade rather than the sensible use of space inside the home.
In fact, I'd add a third book to add to your fireside reading about the home and its development in modern times: "A Place of My Own: The Education of an Amateur Builder", by Michael Pollan. (His meeting with the unlucky souls who live in a Peter Eisenmann home is worth the price of admission...)
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A pretty disappointing read. I love houses--dream about them often, in fact--and was prepared by the blurb on the back to be fascinated. Didn't happen. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Donna Davenport
Exceptionally well written and highly enjoyable to read. I as an architect learned so much. I recommend it highly to anyone interested in how we live in our societyPublished 4 months ago by Camilla Vitullo
When I was looking to get this. I thought it was something more of like a text book. Something that lined history with some of the arcitecture that changed things. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Tay
A book of the philosophy of Home - interesting read about the use of space, furniture, and the things you choose to surround yourself and your family. Read morePublished 8 months ago by mom987123
Enjoyed the book but didn't keep it after I read it because I doubt I'll read it again. Loaded with good information and very well written.Published 16 months ago by Amazon Customer
It is great for architects, designers and enthusiasts. A history about house, comfort and how every little furniture became what it is today.Published on February 7, 2014 by Caio Vilar