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The Place of Houses

The Place of Houses
Author: Charles Moore - Gerald Allen - Donlyn Lyndon
ISBN 13: 9780520223578
ISBN 10: 520223578
Edition: New Ed
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication Date: 2000-02-21
Format: Paperback
Pages: 315
List Price: $33.95

With a new epilogue
Richly illustrated with houses large and small, old and new, with photographs, plans, and cutaway drawings, this is a book for people who want a house but who may not know what they really need, or what they have a right to expect.
The authors establish the basis for good building by examining houses in the small Massachusetts town of Edgartown; in Santa Barbara, California, where a commitment was made to re-create an imaginary Spanish past; and in Sea Ranch, on the northern California coast, where the authors attempt to create a community. These examples demonstrate how individual houses can express the care, energies, and dreams of the people who live in them, and can contribute to a larger sense of place.

Boston Globe

For anyone thinking about building a new house, this is probably the book I'd recommend first What's so great about THE PLACE OF HOUSES? It's the way it says, with rare eloquence, that houses are not about their architects.