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Product Details

  • Series: New Voices in Architecture
  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Princeton Architectural Press; 1 edition (June 1, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1568983360
  • ISBN-13: 978-1568983363
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 9.8 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #893,426 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This beautiful visual tour of nine of Joy's projects in the Sonoran Desert shows how natural they are to their setting. A transplanted New Englander, Joy uses color, texture, and materials to turn the six houses shown here into spare and subtle evidence of humanity in a vast natural world. He uses a similar approach, with expanded functionality, in the three studio/office designs that complete this book. The quiet of the settings and the simplicity of Joy's approach are perfect partners in producing architecture appropriate to a vast, unpeopled place. This book succeeds because it gives just enough room to the necessary text (Joy's preface, a foreword by architect Steven Holl, and an introduction by critic Juhani Pallasmaa), thus creating a book as lean as Joy's designs. The rest of the book gives us long views, interiors, and detail shots of these superb buildings. One of the publisher's "New Voices in Architecture" monographs on designers around the world, this carefully formatted volume makes an important contribution to an appreciation for contemporary architecture.
David Bryant, New Canaan P.L., CT
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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"...as simple yet emotionally intense as the desert itself...Joy's writing is eloquent in the absence of pretense." -- Architectural Record, April 2003

"...one of those American make good stories." -- Label, February 2003

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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Michael Webb on October 23, 2002
Format: Paperback
A musician from Maine, who headed west and apprenticed to Will Bruder, the godfather of new Arizona architecture, Joy has built little in his ten years of independent practice, and only around his home base of Tucson. And yet, as this delectable monograph shows, he is a master designer. His houses-of raw steel or rammed earth-respond to the brutal beauty and intense light of the Sonoran desert, and, like Glenn Murcutt, he uses the simplest materials and forms to satisfy all the senses. In Pallasmaa's eloquent tribute and the superb color photos, you can feel the heat of the desert wind, run your hand over a rugged wall, and watch the earth change color as the sun sinks beneath the mountains.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Diego Gamazo Roux on March 19, 2006
Format: Paperback
The book is very complete. Although nothing substitutes the visit of the buildings themselves, it is great to have such information about the very interesting work of Rick Joy: great pictures completed by texts and drawings.

For those who do not know his work but are interested in good architecture, where space, light, materiality ang gravity are so beautifully present, I advise you to buy the book and to travel to Arizona (I wish it was not that far away from Madrid!).

I hope the most recent work of Rick Joy will be published in the future so I can keep on enjoying from his architecture.

Un saludo: Diego G. de R., arquitecto.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Emmanuel Didier on November 5, 2006
Format: Paperback
A great book, beautifuly assembled, that provides an inspiring overview of the work. Numerous photos of the built work come along clear and elegant graphics. Simplicity and beauty of Rick Joy's work seem to come through the little book. Thank you.
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