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Proceed and Be Bold: Rural Studio After Samuel Mockbee Paperback – December 31, 1998

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The first title documenting Samuel Mockbee's architectural practice, Rural Studio (2002), has been through five printings; it is beginning to have an impact similar to that of Christopher Alexander's A Pattern Language 30 years ago on the ways architects and designers conceive of what they do, how they might go about doing it—and for whom. Mockbee, who died in 2001, believed that great architecture could be made from simple materials (as well as unorthodox and recycled: tires, windshields, hay), for people who were often living in far from ideal conditions; he put his ideas into practice via his studio in out-of-the-way southwestern Alabama. This book documents the studio's work under Andrew Freear in the years since Mockbee's death, including the gorgeously simple Antioch Baptist Church in Perry Co., Ala., which rose like a phoenix from within its century-old predecessor, and a totally heterodox, perfectly calibrated house for a man called Music Man. (Apr. 21)
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... his greatest idea--architecture students could learn while creating shelters for America's poorest citizens ... documented in this thorough, thoughtful volume. -- Architectural Record, September 2005

...Transcends the realm of exceptional design to underscore the pressing need for reexamination of social priorities. Essential. -- Choice, September 2005

There's more to lift the heart... in this backwater than in all the affluent suburbs of American cities. -- LA Architect, July/August 2005

This elegantly written and vividly photographed book looks at...how ingenuity can overcome scarce resources... -- San Francisco Chronicle, Nov 20, 2005

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Princeton Architectural Press; 1 edition (December 31, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1568985002
  • ISBN-13: 978-1568985008
  • Product Dimensions: 8.1 x 0.7 x 10.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #339,815 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Informative read. Great program, would like to see such a program done in other state.
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Great book and really enjoy reading about the project.
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