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Patterns of Home: The Ten Essentials of Enduring Design Paperback – October 4, 2005
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I am heartened to see Jacobson, Silverstein and Winslow put forth such an accessible, readable and pleasant book on a subject that has been dangerously worn out recently. The material in "Patterns of Home" is not necessarily new, but the presentation of it in such a thoughtful manner is valuable and meaningful. The arrangement of the material is logical, starting with site planning, spatial relationships, and the basics of shelter, light and proportion. The transition into feeling, perception and texture is seamless and rewarding to experience.
The chapter (pattern) on "Refuge and Outlook" addresses a concept dear to my heart. My own home high in the Southern California mountains embodies much of this concept.Read more ›
My big problem with this book is with the photographs. I actually had a hard time seeing and feeling the point of the patterns. These are all, for the most part, big, expensive architect showcase homes of the west coast. How about showing these patterns in more modest or 'hand made' type houses? How about showing some of these patterns in desert homes, or old european homes? Homes in Mexico or in Greece? How about the patterns shown in other world homes? All these homes are fancy and expensive...it's ok to show some of those of course, but if the book is about PATTERNS, then the best illustration of a PATTERN is to show it in a wide variety of disparate settings.
This book, which I sat down to relish, was actually dull. It didn't stir my imagination and get the desire flowing the way 'Pattern Language' did. It's probably worth a look, but do as I did and request it from your library, and read it. Then decide if you really want it. I didn't.
In the late 1960's and 1970's Alexander and his group (including two of these authors), formed the Institute of Environmental Structure in Berkeley, California. Alexander was clearly the spiritual and intellectual leader of this effort. "A Pattern Language" is a compilation of that thorough effort. Alexander et al's book remains the most important treatise ever on the subject of Architecture. It disseminates a clear and concise identification of basic patterns that make a house a home, for example, pattern 115 of 253 - Courtyards that Live. In addition, "A Pattern Language" is written for us, in the hope that "we the people" can use the patterns to guide the development of wonderful homes and communities. Alexander's book is accessible to all of us.
These co-author's of Alexander's great book include two of the authors of "Patterns of Home." These guys are sidekicks and it shows. For example, in the forward to this book, they acknowledge working on this book part-time while engaging in a full-time architectural practice. They didn't put a life-force effort into this book, although it appears the photographers did. The illustrations and photographs are almost exclusively of high end giant homes in the price range of $300 to $500 and up per square foot! The vast majority of people do and will live in homes built to a budget of $100 psf or less. In short, this is a picture book for coffee tables that shows what an architect can do with an open-ended budget.Read more ›
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I don't understand the bitterness of some reviewers. If one single idea from this book helps you design your house, it is well worth the purchase. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Mighty Anvil
I would guess that 99.99999% of the US population would find the fairytale design concepts in this book to be laughable. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Joe Darooky
This is a pleasant alternative to the developers' narrow selection. So dream a little. Look at examples from different parts of the U.S. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Amazon Customer
Wish I had read this book before buying my first house. Great book for those dreaming of owning a home. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Terri Bonar-Stewart
Came in great condition, super fast shipping! Thank you so much.Published on August 16, 2014 by Kendall Lipuma
A Patterned Language is beautiful book. This book pays tribute to that classic, but does so in a way by demonstrating how these design rules can be applied to your 5,000 plus... Read morePublished on July 19, 2014 by Dria
This book did not meet my expectation, typical advertisement stratergy front cover alone was beautiful. Will not advise anyone to purchase these books.Published on September 19, 2013 by Deepak