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Living Homes: Sustainable Architecture and Design Paperback – Bargain Price, February 6, 2008
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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.
It's a great read, and it is now in my personal library. I also bought one for the office.
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.
The photographs are beautiful, and it was interesting to read what each of the book's homeowners had to say about constructing their houses. I had always thought that homes built of rammed earth or bales of straw were boring-looking, but this book proves the materials can be used to make great-looking houses.
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As the co-author of Living Homes, this is still one of my favorite projects. The people on these pages are some of the most inspirational individuals I have encountered in my... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Suzi Moore McGregor
This beautifully photographed but not highly detailed book provides an overview of houses built using adobe, rammed earth, straw bale, and recycled and high tech materials. Read morePublished on November 3, 2012 by S. Smith-Peter