Built by Hand

Built by Hand

Hardback

By (author) Athena Swentzell Steen, By (author) Bill Steen, Photographs by Yoshio Komatsu, By (author) Eiko Komatsu

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  • Publisher: Gibbs M. Smith Inc
  • Format: Hardback | 480 pages
  • Dimensions: 208mm x 248mm x 42mm | 2,082g
  • Publication date: 1 October 2004
  • Publication City/Country: Layton, UT
  • ISBN 10: 158685237X
  • ISBN 13: 9781586852375
  • Edition: 1
  • Illustrations note: 700 colour photos
  • Sales rank: 810,467

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Built by Hand is the most extensive documentation ever published oftraditional vernacular buildings throughout the world. With examples from nearly every continent, the book documents the diverse methods people have used to create shelter from locally available natural materials.

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A modern, full-color version of the Bernard Rudofsky classic 'Architecture without Architects', this book takes readers on a magnificent journey to distant corners of the earth in search of the world's most amazing vernacular architecture. It is the most comprehensive and groundbreaking documentation of hand-made architecture ever published.

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This stunning and truly amazing collection of photographs by Japanese photographer Yoshio Komatsu celebrates traditional/vernacular architecture around the world. Komatsu's photographs tell the story of a disappearing world of buildings that have been constructed by ordinary people who, as builders and homesteaders, have given artistic, modest and sensible form to their daily needs and dreams. Sometimes accidental, often asymmetrical, and utilizing materials that are naturally close at hand, these buildings with their molded curves and softened lines convey a beauty that is both personal and human. Quietly and almost without notice, they outwit the might of modern machinery with simple tools and materials that welcome, encourage and amplify use of the human hand. Shelter the Human Family is a celebration of what is so uniquely diverse and yet similar in the buildings of different cultures around the world. Beginning with the most basic ways that human beings have sought shelter-beneath the trees and stars, under the protection of a rock cliff or cave-this book traces the transformation of materials such as earth, stone, wood or bamboo into shelters that are both stationary and moveable. The final chapter takes a look at the need for a modern vernacular. Not the type that seeks to duplicate and imitate the examples in this book, but rather one that is inspired by finding a responsive and sensitive balance between the know-how and wisdom of the past with that which is sustainable and modern. The text is a combined effort of Yoshio's wife Eiko, who is his regular travel/work partner, and Athena and Bill Steen.