Local Architecture: Building Place, Craft, and Community

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In architecture, as in food, local is an idea whose time has come. Of course, the idea of an architecture that responds to site; draws on local building traditions, materials, and crafts; and strives to create a sense of community is not recent. Yet, the way it has evolved in the past few years in the hands of some of the world's most accomplished architects is indeed defining a new movement. From the rammed-earth houses of Rick Joy and Pacific Northwest timber houses of Tom Kundig, to the community-built ...

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In architecture, as in food, local is an idea whose time has come. Of course, the idea of an architecture that responds to site; draws on local building traditions, materials, and crafts; and strives to create a sense of community is not recent. Yet, the way it has evolved in the past few years in the hands of some of the world's most accomplished architects is indeed defining a new movement. From the rammed-earth houses of Rick Joy and Pacific Northwest timber houses of Tom Kundig, to the community-built structures of Rural Studio and Francis Kéré, designers everywhere are championing an architecture that exists from, in, and for a specific place. The stunning projects, presented here in the first book to examine this global shift, were featured at the thirteenth and final Ghost conference held in 2011, organized by Nova Scotia architect, educator, and local practitioner Brian MacKay-Lyons. The result is the most complete collection of contemporary regionalist architecture available, with essays by early proponents of the movement, including Kenneth Frampton, Juhani Pallasmaa, and Pritzker Prize–winning architect Glenn Murcutt.

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Thanks to the good works of Kenneth Frampton, Juhani Pallasmaa, and Glenn Murcutt, architects now feel empowered to think locally. In fact, building designers who tap local traditions, materials, crafts, and contexts have revitalized the entire discipline in much the same way that the local food movement transformed our food culture. Brian MacKay-Lyons' Local Architecture demonstrates the imaginativeness and diversity of regionalist aesthetics; from timber wilderness in the Pacific Northwest to main street structures in New England. Editor's recommendation.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781616891282
  • Publisher: Princeton Architectural Press
  • Publication date: 1/6/2015
  • Pages: 224

Meet the Author

Brian MacKay-Lyons is principal of MacKay-Lyons Sweetapple Architects and a professor at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia

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