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Exceptional Treehouses
Exceptional Treehouses
1st Edition    Hardcover      ISBN: 0810980487

In Exceptional Treehouses, author and treehouse builder Alain Laurens reveals 30 gorgeous treehouse structures, 25 of which are entirely new creations, all illustrated with Daniel Dufour's beautiful watercolors as well as photographs by Jacques Delacroix, commissioned specially for this book.
As in his first book, Treehouse Living, Laurens demonstrates his commitment to sustainable building and environmentalism with his designs, all executed with ecological ideals in mind. In 2000 Laurens started his company, La Cabane Perch e, to design and build treehouses around Europe. Each house takes into account the local environment, as well as the tree in which the structure stands, and the photographs show details of how the treehouses are constructed without driving nails into any part of the host tree. Exceptional Treehouses is the perfect inspiration for treehouse lovers, eco-friendly architects, and enthusiastic amateurs.

Give Me Shelter: Architecture Takes on the Homeless Crisis
Give Me Shelter
Architecture Takes on the Homeless Crisis
Hardcover      ISBN: 1940743230

Give Me Shelter documents the work of the MADWORKSHOP Homeless Studio at the USC School of Architecture and their solutions for tackling the Los Angeles homeless crisis through design, compassion, and humanity. The book features exclusive content from leaders in the field including Michael Maltzan, Ted Hayes, Betty Chinn, Gregory Kloehn, Skid Row Housing Trust, and many more. Paired with a forward by Mayor Eric Garcetti of Los Angeles, Give Me Shelter provides an in-depth look at how design can bridge the gap in services to get people off the streets and into housing sooner. In 2015, Los Angeles declared a state of emergency on homelessness. Since then, homelessness has increased by nearly 30 percent. Our homeless epidemic is more than a humanitarian crisis, it is a call for action. The book tells the story of eleven fourth year architecture students and their two instructors' journey through the world of homelessness as they tackle real world design solutions for emergency stabilization housing. From nomadic and temporary shelters to the city supported and award winning Homes for Hope, Give Me Shelter follows the MADWORKSHOP Homeless Studio and their designs from the encampment all the way to City Hall.

Eric Kant: World of Interiors
Eric Kant
World of Interiors
Hardcover      ISBN: 9089897593

-Unique approach to handling projects when it comes to buildings, installations and interiors -Inspiration for new houses, renovations and restyling -Class, beauty, crafstmanship and attention to detail Eric Kant equals class, beauty, craftsmanship and an eye for detail. He specializes in high-end interiors and well-being projects. He creates a dream world: powerful, symmetrical, warm and personal. Eric Kant: World of Interiors contains six projects that show his versatile and international interiors, with an emphasis on the use of natural materials and a clear line. From a home for a family with five children, a villa in Ibiza, a penthouse in the city, Eric Kant knows how to inspire with new projects, renovations and restyling. He creates interiors that feel like a tailored suit.

Modern House Three
Modern House Three
Hardcover      ISBN: 0714844977

Interest in contemporary domestic life has exploded in recent years, with magazines, museum exhibitions, and television showcasing the latest experiments in residential architecture. Modern House 3 documents the latest and best of these new houses around the globe -- in Europe, the United States, Mexico, Latin America, Japan, China, and Australia. addresses integrating architecture and landscape; Reimagining the Program presents houses that negotiate unusual programs and client needs; and Materials, Craft, Technology examines building with new materials and energy-saving technologies. Each house exemplifies a unique approach to contemporary living and design, such as the Naked House in Tokyo (Shigeru Ban), in which several generations share the same home; the Carter-Tucker House in Australia (Sean Godsell) and Haus Nenning in Austria (Cuckrowicz-Nachbaur), which interpret and update vernacular wood styles; and the Kohler House in Canada (Julie Snow) and Weiss House in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico (Steven Harris), both vacation getaways that take advantage of rugged, beautiful sites. the design concept, site, program, and significant building technologies and materials. An illustrated general introduction discusses precedents to these projects and current issues in residential design. Each section also begins with an essay introducing the theme of the section and how it relates to the houses documented.

Victorian Houses: A Treasury of Lesser Known Examples
Victorian Houses
A Treasury of Lesser Known Examples
Paperback      ISBN: 0486229661

Edmund Gillon has photographed and Clay Lancaster commented on 116 remarkable but lesser-known Victorian American homes. From Nova Scotia to Geneva, New York to Cape May, these rarely appreciated dwellings offer some of the best 19th-century architecture. Includes row houses, cottages, farms, summer homes.

Contemporary Architecture and Interiors Yearbook 2013
Contemporary Architecture and Interiors Yearbook 2013
Hardcover      ISBN: 9089441352

The fifth edition of the bestselling reference work.


Houses Now: Living Style
Houses Now
Living Style
Hardcover      ISBN: 1864706163

Houses Now: Living Style is a chic, modern book that showcases an eclectic range of contemporary homes, designed by an impressive selection of architects. Honing in on the subtleties of interior and exterior design, Houses Now also explores how specific architectural designs reflect living styles - from suburban masterpieces and sprawling country homes, to sleek city residences and breathtaking beach houses. These houses demonstrate that, when it comes to residential design, your style is your signature. Professional full-color photography is complemented by a vibrant book design. Also available: Houses Now: Material Style ISBN: 9781864705898.

What Not to Build: Architectural Options for Homeowners
What Not to Build
Architectural Options for Homeowners
1st Edition    Paperback      ISBN: 1580112935

The story is all too common in today's housing market: the basic principles of scale, proportion, balance, rhythm, and consistent architectural styles are often misapplied in new residential construction. Walk around almost any new development, and you'll find dormers that are bigger than the front door; windows that are out of scale; too few or too many columns; and more. "What Not to Build: Do's and Don'ts of Exterior Home Design" shows these problems and more to the reader. Focusing on the exteriors of houses, the authors--who are architects and designers--have identified a number of "problem"designs. Through photographs and illustrations, they show how the problems can be solved by applying easy-to-understand design principles. Anyone reading the book will be able to avoid the problems when designing their own house or fix problems that appear in the house they're already living in.

European House
European House
Hardcover      ISBN: 1864706368

This beautifully illustrated book takes the reader on a journey through a number of outstanding contemporary houses designed and built across the richly varied and extraordinary European landscape. Philip Jodidio presents his expertise and knowledge on the most profound influences of contemporary residential architecture in this region. This book pairs images of unique architecture and interior design and a comprehensive analysis of each project, set within full-color photographic portraits that all together reflect the strength of drive and progressive thinking that inspired these designs. Though progressive, the architect s designs draw heavily on the local vernacular of the buildings of this region. Ordering principles borrow from the building's context and often relate metaphorically to the surrounding natural landscape, connecting the building to its site in a meaningful way. Sustainability and green energy efficiency features are also crucial components in the house design objectives and are seamlessly integrated with the architecture and these influences are clearly illustrated in this impressive volume.

House Thinking: A Room-by-Room Look at How We Live
House Thinking
A Room-by-Room Look at How We Live
Hardcover      ISBN: 0060538694

IKEA, Ethan Allen, and HGTV may have plenty to say about making a home look right, but what makes a home feel right? Is it the objects you've collected from your travels, or that armchair by the window that reminds you of your grandmother? Is it the "friendly" feeling of a classic American farmhouse, or the "prestige" of a formal Tudor mansion? These kinds of questions, which have more to do with environmental psychology than mere decorating, can give us a new way to think about the diverse spaces Americans call home.

In House Thinking, noted journalist and cultural critic Winifred Gallagher takes the reader on a psychological tour of the American home. In each room, Gallagher explores many of our deep but often unarticulated intuitions about the power of place. Drawing on the latest research in behavioral science, an overview of cultural history, and interviews with leading architects and designers, she shows us how our homes not only reflect who we are, but also influence our thoughts, feelings, and actions.

Using a variety of examples -- from famous historical homes to experimental rustic pods -- Gallagher examines why traditional dining rooms and living rooms have given way to "great rooms," how the oversize suburban garage threatens civility, how kids' rooms can affect their development, and why Americans increasingly think of their homes as "sanctuaries" and "refuges."

House Thinking's unique perspective raises provocative questions: How does your entryway prime you for experiencing your home? Do you really need a mega-kitchen, or just a microwave? What makes a bedroom a sensual oasis? How can your bathroom exacerbate your worst fears?

It's simply not enough to think of our domestic spaces as design statements or as dumping grounds for our stuff. We need to approach our homes in a new way: as environments that actively affect us and our quality of life. Stressing the home's substance over its style, House Thinking is a surprising look at how we live -- and how we could.