Coauthors (along with several other writers) of the landmark design guide A Pattern Language, Jacobson and Silverstein join with their architectural partner, Winslow, to further simplify building design by distilling the principles they previously set forth as ten essentials for residential homes. These fundamentals cover such subjects as making the best use of light; keeping all parts of the house from windows to walls to rooms in proportion; and including "in-between" places like porches, window seats, alcoves and sunrooms in the design of the home. Some of their concepts are fairly abstract; for example, they suggest imagining the home as not just a building but a "site" that contains both indoor and outdoor rooms, and they counsel readers to "let the overall form of the house grow naturally out of the forms of its various parts, rather than being superimposed from the outside." These theories are complemented by more concrete advice about how to measure out a human-sized room, balance private and common spaces and much more. The authors include diagrams and color photographs of 33 actual homes with detailed explanatory captions. While it is aimed predominately at professional designers, this guide is useful for anyone contemplating a new home or making renovations to an existing one; certainly it will change the way readers think about the architectural spaces around them.
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Why are some houses such a pleasure to visit or inhabit? This spin-off from A Pattern Language, which has been a design resource for decades, successfully answers that question. California architects Jacobson and Murray Silverstein helped coauthor A Pattern Language, and with partner Barbara Winslow they have chosen ten principles or patterns of house design that they consider most important (and which serve as chapter heads): "Inhabiting the Site," "Creating Rooms," "Sheltering Roof," "Capturing Light," "Parts in Proportion," "Flow Through Rooms," "Private Edges, Common Core," "Refuge and Outlook," "Places in Between," and "Composing with Materials." Each pattern is illustrated with sketches and photographs, as the authors provide beautiful examples of 33 homes by various U.S. architects or designers, mostly in the western United States. The well-organized text and layout combine with the 410 outstanding color photographs and 155 black-and-white illustrations to help the reader visualize these patterns in practice. Highly recommended for public libraries and libraries supporting architecture courses.
David R. Conn, Surrey P.L., BC
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
I would guess that 99.99999% of the US population would find the fairytale design concepts in this book to be laughable. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Joe Darooky
This is a pleasant alternative to the developers' narrow selection. So dream a little. Look at examples from different parts of the U.S. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
Wish I had read this book before buying my first house. Great book for those dreaming of owning a home. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Terri Bonar-Stewart
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A Patterned Language is beautiful book. This book pays tribute to that classic, but does so in a way by demonstrating how these design rules can be applied to your 5,000 plus... Read morePublished 13 months ago by Dria
This book did not meet my expectation, typical advertisement stratergy front cover alone was beautiful. Will not advise anyone to purchase these books.Published 23 months ago by Deepak
While many of the pictures are of gorgeous homes and interiors, the content of the book failed to deliver on the expectations created by the title.Published on June 13, 2013 by Trace Laux
This book was very helpful to us - we are designing a new home- and it brought some of our goals into focus so we were able to communicate to our architect. Read morePublished on March 10, 2013 by Alana