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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Rizzoli (June 17, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0847831051
  • ISBN-13: 978-0847831050
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 8.9 x 12.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,387,004 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Alastair Gordon’s big, richly illustrated book vividly recalls a time when boundaries of art, architecture and life were dissolving in a trippy haze, and utopia seemed but a stone’s throw away. Geodesic domes, magic buses, hobbity houses in the woods, mind-bending sculptures and light shows: Mr. Gordon chronicles these and other manifestations of the Aquarian revolution in an engaging style and with a generous spirit." ~The New York Times

"…..a dazzling romp through the built environment of the tripped-out hippie…"
~The New York Observer

"Through hundreds of groovy photos...Spaced Out shows how ambitiously experimental, hallucinogenically colorful, and at times laughably impractical the designs were–"
~Wired Magazine

"Alastair Gordon's engrossing and intimately well researched book on the radical, experimental environments from this period, has something really serious to say, that the dazed and confused generation saw environmental Armageddon coming and tried to do something about it." ~Building Design Magazine

"With its wonderful images, Gordon's book could grace any coffee table but be just as comfortable on a shelf of late-20th-century architecture...buy it." ~The East Hampton Star

"An invaluable guide to what worked and what didn't."
~Treehugger.com

About the Author

Alastair Gordon is a critic, curator, and author of several books, including Weekend Utopia: Modern Living in the Hamptons, Beach Houses: Andrew Geller, and Naked Airport: A Cultural History of the World’s Most Revolutionary Structure. He writes regularly for The New York Times.

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Alastair Gordon (http://alastairgordonwalltowall.com/ ) is an author and award-winning critic who likes to explore urban and ex-urban spaces, especially marginal places like airports, beach houses, geodesic domes, and isolation chambers. He was born in Scotland and travels extensively, but has lived most of his life in or near New York City. He's published numerous books including "Weekend Utopia," "Spaced Out," "Naked Airport," "Beach Houses: Andrew Geller," "Romantic Modernist: The Life and Work of Norman Jaffe, Architect," "Long Island Modern," "Convergence: The Hamptons After Pollock," as well as the recently released "Wendell Castle: Wandering Forms," and "Qualities of Duration: The Architecture of Philip Smith & Douglas Thompson." He has been a feature writer and contributing editor for many different newspapers and magazines including WSJ., the Wall Street Journal Magazine, the New York Times, T Magazine, Architectural Digest, Town & Country, Le Monde, Dwell, Interior Design, Metropolis, House & Garden, the International Herald Tribune, Newsday and the New York Observer. Alastair is currently working on a book about Buckminster Fuller and serving as editorial director of Gordon de Vries Studio (gordondevriesstudio.com,) a publishing imprint that he founded and runs with his wife and partner Barbara de Vries. Read more at: http://alastairgordonwalltowall.com/

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This book helps us to look backward with certainty so that we may look forward with clarity.
Roland Legiardi-laura
The book itself is astonishingly beautiful, with fantastic photographs and illustrations from the archives of still-functioning utopian communities.
Sean Strub
I was not alone in developing artwork that hadn't been seen before; I was part of a huge explosion that I can now see and explore in this book.
Caroling Wholeo

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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Sean Strub on June 28, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Alastair Gordon's Spaced Out: Radical Environments of the Psychedelic Sixties is a glorious fresh look at the intentional communities and unusual built environments that grew out of the 60s cultural revolution. The book itself is astonishingly beautiful, with fantastic photographs and illustrations from the archives of still-functioning utopian communities. Gordon's text reads easily even while conveying sophisticated cultural criticism. I recently heard Alastair speak and enjoyed his slide show (from images in the book). I have bought the book as a gift for friends; no one interested in this era could possibly be dissappointed by this book. But, more important, anyone interested in sustainable building practices, the new conservation movement or strategies for living lightly on the earth must read this book as Alastair details important pioneering efforts. Then thought radical, but increasingly today being reconsidered in light of climate change, dependence on foreign oil and degradation and depletion of the earth's natural resources.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By K. Richert on July 27, 2008
Format: Hardcover
This is a very well written look back at the "Psychedelic Sixties" with fantastic photographs. It accurately catches the spirit and facts of the age as I remember them.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Caroling Wholeo on July 24, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Spaced Out is a far out, wonderful book. Since I'm in it, I'm from the sixties, and the book melds with my mind, this review is biased, telling what it feels like from inside the history and being a small but happily doublepage-spread feature between the covers of the book.

Surprise! I was not alone in developing artwork that hadn't been seen before; I was part of a huge explosion that I can now see and explore in this book.

Amazement! The motive feelings, thoughts, and intuitions that seemed to bubble up creatively in my work are now explained eloquently in strong narrative, yet compellingly poetic text that somehow helps it all come home. Like a finishing of some sort. Making the 60's elements concrete and conceptually available brings the 60's to a new level; makes a new platform and springboard.

The challenge is to continue the Spaced Out threads, keep weaving them together. The dreams so beautifully told in this book still haven't come true. Let's review and revel in our sixties history and then keep trucking.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Vasco Brito Sequeira on November 26, 2009
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That's really a good book, and for me , that i couldn't find it in Portugal, now that i have it, i'm really Happy.
It's really a Journey in Time and Space =)
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Roland Legiardi-laura on October 28, 2008
Format: Hardcover
...that's what Abbie Hoffman recommended for his book, and although Mr. Gordon and his publisher would no doubt be aghast at my suggestion, I would hope they understand that I am offering the highest compliment possible. Of course Gordon has produced a brilliant and insightful reprise of the complex and infinitely inventive scaffolding erected around the pulsing acid drenched brains of the hippie-communal-musico-syndico movement of the 60's. If that is not enough for you, the book is a visual hay-ride complete with the joyful squeals and pure wonderment at the risk-taking and enterprise of this era. But truly what makes this book valuable is that we now have come full circle and the ideas, experiments, wishes, lies, dreams and epiphany driven structures of our outwardly stoned but inwardly centered forebears are without question the thumping necessities of our present generation. If we don't heed the call of those hairy ghosts and think hard about what they were suggesting, we may all soon perish in a soupy deluge of our own making. Read it, think about the directions these flower children dreamily suggested, or die. There is precious little time left to muddle about on the proverbial middle ground. Think about the infinite necessities of Soleri's Arcosanti--consider the softened edges, the use of natural materials, the love of movement, air, circular motion, the simplicity and minimal impact of a consciously gentle and open lifestyle suggested by these thought and action pioneers in the best and truest of American traditions--Brave adventurers they were, blazing the path we are now reluctantly dragging our self-indulgent selves back onto. This book helps us to look backward with certainty so that we may look forward with clarity.
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