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Home Work: Handbuilt Shelter Paperback – April 20, 2004
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Ever since his first publication of Shelter in 1973 (which I also contributed to), Lloyd has been collecting imagery and stories for this eventual sequel. Shelter, a black and white over-sized catalog of unusual building, has become legendary as a book of inspiration for several generations of free-spirited home builders. The fact that it is still in print after 30 years attests to the durability of its significance. This seminal book heralded the emergence of geodesic domes and strawbale homes, as well as the influence of vernacular building styles from around the world on North American architecture.
With Home Work, Lloyd has gone beyond the glory of his earlier work in many ways. Not only does it seem more comprehensive, but it is almost entirely in color. This is a sumptuous coffee table book that will likely not spend much time on the table, since it is so intriguing you just want to pick up and browse through it. Every page is chock full of fun, unusual, lyrical, quaint, artistic, humble, elegant, practical, colorful, whimsical, well-crafted, funky, traditional, and outlandish buildings that were lovingly built by the hands of those who reside there. All of this is presented with Lloyd's casual style of layout and commentary that is reminiscent of a scrap book. Many of the photos are actually collages of several exposures spliced together to create expansive murals.
Flipping through the pages of Home Work will take you back to the early day of hippie huts and forward to the cutting edge of natural building technology.Read more ›
'Home Work' focuses largely on interesting homes built by baby-boomers who may or may not call themselves hippies, but are generally coming out of the 'back to the land' movement of the 60's and 70's that is generally associated with that subculture. This may or may not have been intentional on the part of the author. There is also a heavy West-coast bias at work. Every builder profiled seems to have a sauna & a beard and I could swear there's a pot plant in the foreground of one of the photos.
Honestly the stuff that the hippies started building 30 years ago is probably the cream of the 'interesting' owner-built homes in America. They had the will to build on their own, the low budgets that force creativity and building codes in rural areas were not quite so common as they are today. The timing was just right. Lloyd Kahn has found some of the coolest buildings that resulted from that hiccup of pioneering in the modern era, photographed them beautifully and humanized the builders.
Kahn takes time out half way through the book to celebrate simply-built structures and the joy of encountering them by presenting a series of photgraphic essays documenting his travels through regions thick with soulful buildings. Do you find yourself slowing down when you drive past solemn timber-framed barns or ramshackle sheds? Lloyd Kahn understands you. He has thoughtfully provided a number of pages of 'barn porn' for the junkies among us.Read more ›
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Great examples of homemade USA ! Gave me some wonderful ideal, then my neice stole it! Good starter book...received fast too! Thx!Published 8 months ago by Lorna J. Dodge
Loved this book very visual which led to ideas and using my imagination to solve my own building dilemna.Published 11 months ago by Sharon McDougall
Lloyd is not only a writer about nifty ways to build and live, he is a philosophy of it all, a guy who lives what he writes about. Read morePublished 12 months ago by SwissPete
Even if you aren't planning on building anything, this book is filled with nothing but interesting and valuable information. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Micro Megas
Cute and covers an enormous amount of ground- mostly non-traditional and sustainable type homes-plenty of great photosPublished 13 months ago by Dean Wishart