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Product Details

  • Paperback: 204 pages
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books (February 6, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0811862852
  • ASIN: B0030ILXBY
  • Product Dimensions: 9.8 x 9.8 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,379,043 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Library Journal

McGregor (Under the Sun) and Trulsson, a freelance writer and contributor to Phoenix magazine, open this study of sustainable architecture with brief essays on natural design and appropriate technology. With photographer Moore (The Desert Southwest), they then visit 22 custom-designed homes in Colorado, Arizona, California, New Mexico, Texas, and Utah. Based on the careful siting and local sourcing of materials, these stylish examples of sustainable architecture are here grouped and introduced by material: adobe, rammed earth, straw bale, and recycled. The glossy presentation recalls popular magazine articles; lush color photographs have parity with the text, while a few architectural drawings appear as graphic decoration. If this book is any evidence, sustainable building has become a viable industry in the Western United States. The emphasis is not on building a unique, sustainable home but on commissioning one, and an extensive resource list allows readers to locate designers, builders, and specialized suppliers. For regional public libraries. David R. Conn, Surrey P.L., BC
Copyright 2001 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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This beautifully illustrated coffee-table-style volume serves as an introduction and resource guide for people interested in building residences using environmentally sound materials. The book is arranged by building type and includes adobe, rammed earth, straw bale, and "reinvented, recycled, and high-tech materials." Photographs of custom-designed homes in Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado, Utah, Texas and California that were built using these materials provide both illustration and inspiration.-Southwest Books of the Year --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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44 of 47 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 2, 2001
Format: Hardcover
I received this much-anticipated book today. True to description, it contains beautiful photos (one page was misprinted with a wide pink streak across the photo) and text from architects, owners, etc. What it doesn't have much of is anything more than brief or shallow explanations of HOW sustainable living takes place -- minimal floor plans (meaning only for a few of the homes reviewed.
For one clear example, Lake/Flato architects built a truly innovative vacation house, with the living area surrounded - wrapped really - in the bedrooms and bathrooms of the house. Only a floor plan can reveal their creative arrangement of the rooms. The house is featured in this book, but no indication of the remarkable new layout - maximum living in minimal space. (Look for the Contemporary Architecture series for Lake/Flato architects for more information.)
Broad but shallow is a good summary for this pretty, but not nearly as informative as I had hoped, book.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 13, 2001
Format: Hardcover
Finally! A book on sustainable architecture that shows quality buildings designed by Architects. All too often, these books show buildings that are not well designed, and detailed, and the quality of construction is lacking. I was very pleased to see well known architects, as well as lesser known architects' work detailed in this beautiful book. This book is wonderful to look at and it also has excellent, well written descriptions of each project.
It's a great read, and it is now in my personal library. I also bought one for the office.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Scott Knudsen on March 28, 2004
Format: Hardcover
This book offers a good introduction into building with earth, straw and recycled materials. There are lots of nice photos with a brief story telling how and why the builders used the chosen materials.
This book does not go into depth on how to make a home out of straw bale, adobe, rammed earth or any other techniques. There are lots of other good books that do though.
I am kind of disappointed in a couple of the things the author says that are a bit misleading or untrue, probably unintentionally, but non the less they are there and you will not pick them out unless you are well read on alternative building techniques.
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