This is a refreshing, unique, and fascinating look at how we feel about our homes, how we shape them to suit ourselves, why some homes make is feel safe and secure and at ease, and others make us paranoid and uncomfortable. This book, in my opinion, should be legally required reading for every architect, interior designer, and real estate agent. For the rest of us, it is a surprisingly interesting look at the meaning of home. Clare Cooper Marcus's extensive and detailed interviews with people living in all kinds of homes, from illegal shacks to mansions, provide eye-opening insights into what "home" is, and how to create the feeling of home for you. It's about time someone finally wrote this book! --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Marcus's eye-opening study of peoples' emotional ties to their houses, apartments, cottages, trailers and other dwellings offers useful, often startling perspectives on what makes a house a home. Maintaining, as did Carl Jung, that one's home is a symbolic mirror of one's inner self, of unconscious wishes and emotions, she interviewed approximately 60 people in their domestic settings, some over a 10-year period. Several respondents excessively bonded to a residence or its contents as a substitute for close relationships with people; at the opposite extreme were those who were unable to settle down in one place because having a permanent abode was fraught with unresolved emotional issues from childhood. Marcus, an architecture professor at UC-Berkeley, ably explores how personal crises, the need for privacy, couples' power struggles, divorce and career changes affect one's feelings about, and design of, one's living environment. Case studies, self-help exercises and informants' color drawings (not seen by PW) of their dwellings support her presentation. 40,000 first printing; $80,000 ad/promo; QPB selection; author tour.
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The drawings of their homes by owners/renters was interesting. A new way of looking at the significance of our dwellings and ourselves. Well written.Published 7 months ago by Double Major
I bought this book thinking I'd really come away with some great ideas for our future house. I have to admit, I stopped reading about a third of the way through the book. Read morePublished 7 months ago by YankeeGirl
This book covers a subject that is not much written about, and which is so important for design professionals to consider.
I'm so happy I was able to find this book on Amazon. Read more
I liked this book so much I got a copy for my sister who has been moving around trying to decide what city, country etc. she wants to live in. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Jayne Lefebvre
I've always been interested in how environment affects us, and this pulls me into many questions and thoughts. Great fun for me.Published 22 months ago by Nancy E. Garrels
Anyone planning to design a house would be well served by reading this book. There is much to be learned about oneself by reading this one.Published 23 months ago by Kevin Gallagher
I would recommend this book to anyone interested in the deeper connections that persons have with their homes. Read morePublished on March 26, 2013 by DD Jones