Architecture without architects: an introduction to nonpedigreed architecture

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Museum of Modern Art; distributed by Doubleday, Garden City, N.Y., 1964 - Architecture - 124 pages
A discussion of the form and constuction of indigenous architecture not attributed to any particular architect

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"Architecture Without Architects" by Bernard Rudofsky is mostly pictures. The pictures are of dwellings and land formations from all over the world. It is an interesting look at how human beings have used creativity to adapt to different landscapes. Read full review

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This is an excellent source of images to contemplate the heart and root of what architecture is and what it means to find solutions to the problems of living. There are ample of images with very less information, but whatever information given is quite sufficient. Plus it gave me little list of places, I’d like to visit, some of the amazing structures, But it’s been almost 50 years of development since the ruthless destruction of the places, most places are destroyed. We just have a book with unclear images. It is a great introduction to vernacular architecture, it is never abstracted from the specific site. As the book consists mainly of images with brief commentary showing what people who have no university training in the design of buildings actually build one. Art was given more priority than architecture. The advantages are evident, people built the buildings for their own use and enjoyment and not for business and prestige. They had an admirable talent for fitting their buildings into the natural surroundings. Instead of trying to conquer the nature as we do, they welcome the vagaries of climate and the challenge of topography. There was perfect combination and balance between unity and diversity. There is an ample amount of indigenous architecture but the writer barely touches each case. It’s a short read and full of useful research ideas. The picture that make up most of the book illustrate the points the writer or the author makes in his introduction and furthermore, offer amazing evidence of how beautifully people can build without the help of experts. As a whole the book illustrates the potential for human creativity that makes the dreams of anarchists seem like real possibilities, even the dream of those whose desire a world beyond civilization. 


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