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Finally, I found an architect's reference book which did not read like a manual!

A highly important design book
"In the same way current thinkers and writers stand on the shoulders of literary giants before them, designers are also deeply indebted to the long-gone geniuses"

Just What Architecture Ordered
"Architects, Builders, Designers and Homeowners: if you are thinking about and/or are designing buildings...GET THIS BOOK! no longer taught in architecture school... a great pocket reference in how to create a building that will last... It is the first in a series, so I cannot wait to see more!"

About the Author

Shannon Scarlett, a registered architect, has worked for thirty years in the Boston area. Her practice focuses primarily on residential projects, additions, renovations, new house plans... Ms. Scarlett believes it is imperative that architects take a leading role in helping educate the general public--especially those interested in good design, but having no idea where to begin, be it homeowners, builders, or architecture students. It is only a first step, but knowledge itself has great potential for improving the aesthetics, meaning and overall feel of our currently uninspired living environments. on the Simple Rules book page she posed a question, and would love to hear peoples thoughts. "what are your thoughts on the design quality of the average American home?" As author of Simple Rules, my opinion is already clear. I believe we can do better, but we need the tools to get there. I'd love to hear what other avenues people might suggest we take to improve the suburban experience. Check it out if you are thinking about or in the process of building a new house; drafting or drawing your own house plans; if you are a carpenter or house plan designer looking for an easy to use builder design guide; or if you have a general interest in house design and architecture.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 126 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (August 6, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1484152077
  • ISBN-13: 978-1484152072
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.3 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,098,544 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Shannon Scarlett is a registered architect, with an established Boston area architectural practice. For over twenty years she has worked directly with residential clients to resolve issues of aesthetics, flexibility and functionality of built space, environmental sustainability and community participation.
Shannon has always tried to keep her clients informed throughout the process of design and construction. Many of the checklists and collected information on Town applications came from her work on specific residential projects.
In the early 80s, she earned her Bachelor of Architecture degree from the University of Oregon, giving purpose and direction to her lifelong attraction to the beauty in natural landscapes and built space, and the mutual benefits of combining environmental stewardship with building design.
As an architectural history buff, Shannon's knowledge of art history serves as a primary source of inspiration for her work--guiding the architectural experience through material expression, psychological effects of spatial composition and even subtle building symbolism.

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Shannon Scarlett, AIA
Shannon Taylor Scarlett, Architects
Eleven Pine Tree Road
Wellesley, MA 02482
stscarlett@verizon.net
www.scarlettarchitects.com

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Manchester on August 24, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
I must say that I am very impressed by the content in this book; honestly, I wasn't expecting too much when I first got it - but the material went way above and beyond my initial expectations and I found it incredibly helpful and informative. What I admire the most about this book is how concise and clear the author expresses even the most complex systems and formulas into a way that is easy to understand and learn from. The book is very detailed and sophisticated but this writing style of the author compliments the content really well due to the practicality and understandability that it's written in. This book is perfect for any kind of architect, whether the reader is a beginner or an expert - they will definitely be able to learn a lot
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By sippiqueen on September 6, 2013
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I would not consider this a book. it is a collection of quotes mostly. pictures are tiny and I can't zoom in on them. What a disappointment and waste of my money.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mike on December 10, 2013
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Architect Shannon Taylor Scarlett shares concepts and techniques from 18th, 19th, and early 20th century references and guides, exploring the reasons behind what makes some structures beautiful, and others not so much.

In this beautifully simplistic and brief read (111p), the author has created a sort of builder handbook / designs guide which focuses on 25 simple rules for designing beautiful architecture- with the aim to help regain forgotten and abandoned techniques for achieving balance and meaning in architecture, making it aesthetically beautiful.

As a sometimes-home renovator/flipper myself, I have always been drawn to older houses because of their character and charm. What I have always loved is the attention to detail, balance, and craftsmanship, which seem almost entirely lacking in more modern homes. In the book, Shannon Taylor Scarlett presents an almost poetic take on what makes great architecture so great, and so beautiful.

I would suggest that this book is not just for designers and builders, but also artists, anyone interested in architecture, and those who enjoy the charm and character of older homes and structures. A very interesting little book with much to offer.

I received a free copy of this book through Goodreads First Reads in exchange for an honest review.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Clifton Coetzee - Truth Extractor on September 29, 2013
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I found the tips and guides in the book to be practical and accurate. It is a must have for all homeowners. The only drawback is the lack of clarity of the illustrations on Kindle.
I will endeavour to get a hardcopy.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ryan D. Hayward on September 3, 2013
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Architects, Builders, Designers and Homeowners: if you are thinking about and/or are designing buildings...GET THIS BOOK! I have been designing traditional style buildings for a number of years. I often use time tested methods and materials, most of which have been employed for hundreds of years. I tell my clients that using the same methods as the old timers makes a huge difference: not only in how a building looks, but also how it acts functionally. Everyone has been satisfied with the way I design, but I have never been able to explain and/or show them the rules that I follow for the simple reason that they are scattered amongst multiple texts. Not anymore! Scarlett's book Simple Rules is the perfect summary of the foundational ideas of architecture. Most of these are no longer taught in architecture school, which explains why architecture built today looks tasteless, tacky and importantly, supersized. This illustrated book s a great pocket reference in how to create a building that will last indefinitely. You will not regret purchasing it. It is the first in a series, so I cannot wait to see more!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ken - The Old House Guy on February 26, 2015
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An abundance of bad design over many years has resulted in a population brainwashed into believing what we see is good and correct. The time-tested rules of design that resonate within our inner senses have been thrown out the window in revolt in a preference for artistic freedom.

Studies show that traditional architecture is still favored by many. What some consider "traditional" design is merely random elements, thrown together, to vaguely represent a traditional building just as Frankenstein resembled a human at first glance.

This book explains these time tested rules of design that resonate within our inner senses.

Following these "simple rules" is a requirement for a well designed building. In my business and website I help many people correct design errors and improve curb appeal on their homes. With this book and following these simple rules there is hope for better architecture. I hope that many architects and builders can understand the importance of this book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Robert Russek on March 16, 2014
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A succinct summary of basic design principles. Treats ideas commonly forgotten in a 'form follows function world'. Concise and readable.
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