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Simple Rules: what the oldtime builders knew Paperback – August 6, 2013
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A highly important design book
"In the same way current thinkers and writers stand on the shoulders of literary giants before them, designers are also deeply indebted to the long-gone geniuses"
Just What Architecture Ordered
"Architects, Builders, Designers and Homeowners: if you are thinking about and/or are designing buildings...GET THIS BOOK! no longer taught in architecture school... a great pocket reference in how to create a building that will last... It is the first in a series, so I cannot wait to see more!"
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As you know, designers do not really create something out of thin air--they basically survey what has been made and when, and build from there. In the same way current thinkers and writers stand on the shoulders of literary giants before them, designers are also deeply indebted to the long-gone geniuses who created those palatial homes, monuments, and other staggeringly beautiful structures that still drop our jaws today. And Scarlett's book brings those design concepts to the fore in a neat, solid, all-in-one volume. `Simple Rules', therefore, have a great practical use for all types of designers--and by "designer" I refer to everyone who uses design ideas to make a place better--from professional architects to adventurous home-owners who just want to give their home better character.
Scarlett has closely studied the design principles from as far back as the 18th century, and selected those she found exceptional and worth salvaging. And by bringing these time-tested design concepts to the attention and perusal of the modern reader, we can expect to witness a resurgence in design innovation--who knows what creative mind will read this book and, out of the designs found here, create something utterly new and astonishing.
The good news is that this is apparently the first book in a series--and if the subsequent titles are as good as this one, I have good reason to believe Shannon Scarlett is starting something phenomenal for the field of design, in the same way Strunk and White did with English grammar with their book `Elements of Style' many decades ago. A resounding five stars!
In this beautifully simplistic and brief read (111p), the author has created a sort of builder handbook / designs guide which focuses on 25 simple rules for designing beautiful architecture- with the aim to help regain forgotten and abandoned techniques for achieving balance and meaning in architecture, making it aesthetically beautiful.
As a sometimes-home renovator/flipper myself, I have always been drawn to older houses because of their character and charm. What I have always loved is the attention to detail, balance, and craftsmanship, which seem almost entirely lacking in more modern homes. In the book, Shannon Taylor Scarlett presents an almost poetic take on what makes great architecture so great, and so beautiful.
I would suggest that this book is not just for designers and builders, but also artists, anyone interested in architecture, and those who enjoy the charm and character of older homes and structures. A very interesting little book with much to offer.
I received a free copy of this book through Goodreads First Reads in exchange for an honest review.
I will endeavour to get a hardcopy.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
An abundance of bad design over many years has resulted in a population brainwashed into believing what we see is good and correct. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Ken - The Old House Guy
interesting concepts presented in a quick, easy to read format. I learned why architects do certain things they do and why when the "laws" are broken the results just... Read morePublished on July 25, 2014 by Gene Bowker
A succinct summary of basic design principles. Treats ideas commonly forgotten in a 'form follows function world'. Concise and readable.Published on March 16, 2014 by Robert Russek
Architects, Builders, Designers and Homeowners: if you are thinking about and/or are designing buildings...GET THIS BOOK! Read morePublished on September 3, 2013 by Ryan D. Hayward
The author not only explain the construction process and materials involved, but also provide the (building) scientific context for many of the typically encountered assemblies in... Read morePublished on September 3, 2013 by MaryAnn