Adobe: Building and Living with Earth

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Houghton Mifflin, 1994 - Architecture - 237 pages
The use of earth as a building material is as old as civilization. For the twentieth-century American, the process is most familiar in the sun-dried brick called adobe and the architectural style characteristic of the desert Southwest and the mission buildings of California. Here, in more than two hundred pictures and a lucid, informed text, is the story of building and living with earth - from North and West Africa to the Iberian Peninsula, from the centuries-old Palace of the Governors in Santa Fe to the modern homes of the wealthy in the hills near Taos. Essential to the story of adobe is the experience of construction itself, which is a communal act - families and friends engaged in the making of bricks and the raising of walls and rafters (called vigas), and the unique skill of applying the protective and beautifying plaster, a task often left to the talented women known as enjaradoras. Adobe describes the wide variety of earthen architecture: the stark grandeur of the Taos pueblo; light-filled artists' studios; the typical hacienda with its living spaces surrounding a sunlit courtyard; and new houses designed to maintain a tradition yet providing abundant comfort and pleasure.

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Orlando Romero, novelist, sculptor, and "santero", is the retired library director of the Palace of the Governors Museum of New Mexico, Santa Fe. He resides in NambAA(c), New Mexico. Romero is the coauthor of "Adobe: Building and Living With Earth.

Bruce Brooks Pfeiffer was an apprentice to Frank Lloyd Wright and is currently a trustee and Director of the Archives for the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation in Scottsdale, Arizona. He is the author of "Frank Lloyd Wright Drawings" and "Treasures of Taliesin" and editor of the highly praised series "The Collected Writings of Frank Lloyd Wright."
David Larkin is the co-author and designer of such celebrated illustrated books as "Classic America" and "Shaker "and publisher of "Barn" and "Wooden Ship."
Paul Rocheleau and Michael Freeman have contributed the new photography included in this book.

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