Five Houses, Ten Details

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Chronicle Books, Apr 17, 2012 - Architecture - 256 pages
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Edward Ford's forty years of practicing and teaching architecture have focused on one area: the architectural detail. Yet, despite two hugely influential books (The Details of Modern Architecture, volumes 1 and 2), numerous articles, and lectures given from Vancouver to Vienna, there are two questions Ford has, remarkably, never answered: "What is a detail?" and more importantly, "What is a good detail?" Ford is an architect as well as a writer, so it is not surprising that rather than answering these questions in a third book, he spent six years on the design and construction of a house. Building it was not an exercise in the application of ideas about detail; it was, rather, a mechanism for answering those two simple questions.
 

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Contents

Preface
6
Acknowledgments
8
Five Houses
10
Part 1
28
Part 2
62
Part 3
108
Part 4
142
Part 5
184
The Detail
232
Notes
242
Selected Bibliography
248
Credits
250
Index
251
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