Rural Studio: Samuel Mockbee and an Architecture of Decency

Rural Studio: Samuel Mockbee and an Architecture of Decency

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Overview

For almost ten years, Samuel Mockbee, a recent MacArthur Grant recipient, and his architecture students at Auburn University have been designing and building striking houses and community buildings for impoverished residents of Alabama's Hale County. Using salvaged lumber and bricks, discarded tires, hay and waste cardboard bales, concrete rubble, colored bottles, and old license plates, they create inexpensive buildings that bear the trademark of Mockbee's work, which he describes as "contemporary modernism grounded in Southern culture."In a time of unexampled prosperity, when architectural attention focuses on big, glossy urban projects, the Rural Studio provides an alternative of substance. In addition to being a social welfare venture, the Rural Studio—"Taliesin South" as Mockbee calls it—is also an educational experiment and a prod to the architectural profession to act on its best instincts. In giving students hands-on experience in designing and building something real, it extends their education beyond paper architecture. And in scavenging and reusing a variety of unusual materials, it is a model of sustainable architecture. The work of Rural Studio has struck such a chord-both architecturally and socially—that it has been featured on Oprah, Nightline, and CBS News, as well as in Time and People magazines.The Studio has completed more than a dozen projects, including the Bryant "Hay Bale" House, Harris "Butterfly" House, Yancey Chapel, Akron Chapel, Children's Center, H.E.R.O. Playground, Lewis House, Super Sheds and Pods, Spencer House addition, Farmer's Market, Mason's Bend Community Center, Goat House, and Shannon-Dutley House. These buildings, along with the incredible story of the Rural Studio, the people who live there, and Mockbee and his student architects, are detailed in this colorful book, the first on the subject."I tell my students, it's got to be warm, dry, and noble"—Samuel Mockbee

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781568982922
Publisher: Princeton Architectural Press
Publication date: 01/01/2002
Pages: 192
Product dimensions: 8.12(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.62(d)
Age Range: 13 - 18 Years

About the Author

Andrea Oppenheimer Dean is former Executive Editor of Architecture Magazine and a published author. She lives in Washington, D.C.

Timothy Hursley is an architectural photographer who regularly contributes to the international press. He lives in Little Rock, AR.

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Rural Studio: Samuel Mockbee and an Architecture of Decency 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
ibbetson on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Each reading of this book reminds me why I got into archiecture in the first place; that architecture at its best is ingeneous and beautiful; that architecture is as relevant as its practicioners make it; that there is a greater good to be adressed by all in the field; that shelter is architecture's raison d'etre; that there are more important things in the architectural world than the latest Prada opening.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
THE WORK ARE GREAT. IT WONDERFUL HOW THE PEOPLE APPRECIATE THEIR NEW HOMES. I"M VERY HONORS THAT THIS HAS HAPPEN IN MY HOMETOWN. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND THE WORK AND THE QUALITY.