Home Work: Handbuilt Shelter

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Shelter Publications, 2004 - Architecture - 244 pages
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Enter 'Home Work', Kahn's latest and most ambitious contribution to homemade architecture, a stunning sequel to Shelter that illustrates new and even more imaginative ways to put a roof over your head, some of which were inspired by Shelter itself. Home Work showcases the ultimate in human ingenuity, building construction and eco-centric lifestyle. What Shelter was to 60ís counter culture, Home Work is to the Green Revolution, and more. Page after page, Home Work describes homes built from the soul, inventiveness free from social constraint, but created with a solid understanding of natural materials, structure, and aesthetics. From yurts to caves to tree houses to tents, thatched houses, glass houses, nomadic homes, riverboats and more, each hand built dwelling finds itself at one with its environment, blending harmoniously with the earth, using organically sustainable material. Home Work features over 1,000 photos, including 300 line drawings, stories of real people building and living in their own houses, plus Kahn's recollections, reminiscences and observations gathered over the 30 years since Shelter was first published. For many, modern life has created a physical and spiritual detachment from the earth. Home Work shows the ingenious ways people from around the world have plugged back in, providing ideas, drawings, tips and inspiration for builders, designers, artists, homebuilders and dreamers alike to incorporate into building their own personalized shelter, wherever their home is. More than simply a house design book, Home Work is about being in touch with one's nature and nature itself, and in doing so, satisfying basic needs from survival to self-expression.

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User Review  - Jon Stoski - Goodreads

Lots and lots of ideas, packed closely together amidst a sea of pictures from all over. Full of original ideas. Great inspirational reading for creative builders. Read full review

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User Review  - Paul - Goodreads

Fascinating like all of Lloyd Kahn's books. It's reinvigorated my urge to build a place of my own especially when I look up from the pages of the book to see my own dreadful Barratt built home. Read full review

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About the author (2004)

Kahn, a former builder of timber-frame houses and geodesic domes, founded Shelter Publications in 1971.

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