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Author Taylor, John S., 1947-

Title A shelter sketchbook : timeless building solutions / John S. Taylor
Edition First Chelsea Green edition
Published White River Junction, Vt. : Chelsea Green Pub., 1997


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Description 157 pages, 11 unnumbered page : illustrations ; 24 cm
Summary A Shelter Sketchbook is a book for builders, students, and anyone seeking stimulation for the imagination. The author's exacting drawings take us on a tour through the world of human shelter, and are reminders that observation, even more than technology, can be the best source of innovation
Through pen-and-ink sketches John Taylor depicts and explains more than 600 elegantly simple and practical structures created by centuries of anonymous builders. Examples include: thousand-year-old earth-sheltered houses in China, hay-bale-walled barns from turn-of-the-century Nebraska, Middle Eastern air conditioning systems from the 13th century, and modular building techniques used in Japan five hundred years ago. The traditions of indigenous folk architecture are distinguished by wise use of resources, responsiveness to environmental forces, and a very economical accommodation of human needs. Fortunately, in recent years there has been - for ecological, ethical, and simply pragmatic reasons - a resurgence of interest in buildings that are more respectful of these factors
Notes Originally published: Commonsense architecture. New York : Norton, c1983
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (page [158-160]) and index
Subject Vernacular architecture.
LC no. 97028509
ISBN 1890132020 (paperback)
Other Titles Commonsense architecture