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The Integral Urban House: Self-Reliant Living in the City Paperback – June 12, 1982

ISBN-13: 978-0871562135 ISBN-10: 0871562138 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 494 pages
  • Publisher: Random House, Inc.; 1st edition (June 12, 1982)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0871562138
  • ISBN-13: 978-0871562135
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 8.4 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #871,545 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By William H. (Will) Rice on January 9, 2000
Format: Paperback
This book is a bible for anyone seeking to live in a community without contributing to the growing crisis in infrastructure provision. It shows in practical terms, illustrated with easily understood sketches and diagrams,and supported by easily read and understood tables, ways to live more independently of, and offer less of a burden to our city. First published in 1974, it was a quarter century ahead of its time. Its time has come.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Baja James on June 10, 2009
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This is a great book and I hate to ding it but, it is listed as a new book and is not. It is a reprint of a book form the 70's published by the Sierra Club.Good info but VERY dated.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on February 6, 2012
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Even though this book is older (1970s) it is still pretty valuable. Like other tomes during this time period, it is pretty heavy in its description in order to make it easier for others to copy.

That said, this book really is a starting point. Some of the ideas are not very applicable to now, due to advances in technology and understanding, such as geothermal energy and improvements in solar energy.

I did like how the authors were honest about some of the downfalls of what they built. They don't go much in how to correct them, but it is something that can be researched. For example, they had a problem with flies in the rabbit area, and they brought in chickens to dig around and eat the fly larva in the droppings. I think that problem might be fixed with better screening instead.

Overall, it is a good book and I like how it focuses on making one more self sufficient in an urban setting, which is where most people live. It's not realistic for everyone to give up their jobs and move to the country.
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