Home Work: Handbuilt Shelter

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Master builder Louie Frazier's Japanese-style pole house in Northern California, reachable on a 500" cable across a river / Ian MacLeod's handbuilt stone house in South Africa, where baboons jump on the roof at night / Ma Page's bottle house in the Nevada desert / artist Michael Kahn's semi-subterranean sculptural ivillage in Arizona / Bill and Athena Steen's strawbale houses / Ianto Evans' cob houses in Oregon / the Archlibre group of countercultural builders in the French Pyrenees / Bill Coperthwaite's ...
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Master builder Louie Frazier's Japanese-style pole house in Northern California, reachable on a 500" cable across a river / Ian MacLeod's handbuilt stone house in South Africa, where baboons jump on the roof at night / Ma Page's bottle house in the Nevada desert / artist Michael Kahn's semi-subterranean sculptural ivillage in Arizona / Bill and Athena Steen's strawbale houses / Ianto Evans' cob houses in Oregon / the Archlibre group of countercultural builders in the French Pyrenees / Bill Coperthwaite's spectacular 3-story yurt in the Maine woods / Bill Castle's finely-crafted log home and sauna in the NY Appalachians / a commune in the Tennesee mountains / the "Flying Concrete" brothers in Mexico and their far-out sculptural structures / Barns in California, Washington, and Connecticut / Photo-essays of Lloyd Kahn's trips to Nevada, the Mississippi Delta, Costa Rica, Nova Scotia, and Baja California / Photos of buildings all over the world by photographers Yoshio Komatsu and Kevin Kelly + more, lots more. . .I get excited just listing these things! -LK

PS SHELTER, it turns out , had a major influence on builders, and included are buildings our 1973 book inspired, so this is truly a sequel.

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Produced in eclectic scrapbook style and considered an important resource for the back-to-the-land movement, Kahn's Shelter (1973) inspired many young readers to buy tracts of rural property and construct self-sufficient homesteads. Kahn is promoting Home Work as a sequel for a new generation of environmentally conscious settlers, but it's really an update of the original, carrying on in the same relaxed mode and highlighting self-taught builders and their original creations. In addition, homage is still paid to ingenious homes and farm building from traditional cultures. Compared with Shelter, Home Work has a smaller format, much more color, and web addresses for many of the resources mentioned. It also includes Kahn's observations gathered over the last three decades. While Kahn does not tell how to plan or build a home in detail, he does include a wealth of hard-won tips and ideas-and 1000 photos, including 300 line drawings. Buy for public libraries where demand warrants.-David R. Conn, Surrey P.L., B.C. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780936070339
  • Publisher: Shelter Publications, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 3/11/2004
  • Pages: 244
  • Sales rank: 349,424
  • Product dimensions: 8.96 (w) x 12.02 (h) x 0.64 (d)

Table of Contents

Builders 1
Homes 31
Natural materials 73
Photographers 97
Fantasy 121
Trips 143
On the road 173
Living lightly 185
Barns 199
Old buildings 213
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