Commonsense Architecture

Un libro in lingua di Taylor John S. edito da Quantuck Lane Pr & the Mill rd, 2018

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Vernacular folk architecture, with its straightforward responses to both environmental forces and people’s needs, has much to teach us. Commonsense Architecture provides a catalogue of hundreds of examples, spanning centuries. Pen-and-ink drawings of buildings and design details are accompanied by hand-lettered text that explains the principles at work.Thousand-year-old earth-sheltered houses built in China, passive solar heating ideas used by the Pueblo Indians over nine hundred years ago, natural air conditioning systems built in the Middle East in the thirteenth century, modular building techniques used in Japan for more than five hundred years—these are just a few of the several hundred design ideas presented here.Taylor provides a detailed introduction to the many lessons indigenous architecture offers about creating practical buildings that make efficient and economical use of material, capital, and human resources while working with natural forces rather than trying to overpower them.

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