Proceed and Be Bold: Rural Studio After Samuel Mockbee

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Princeton Architectural Press, Feb 11, 2005 - Architecture - 175 pages
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"Everyone, rich or poor, deserves a shelter for the soul."Samuel Mockbee

Based on this simple premise, in 1992 Samuel Mockbee launched the Rural Studio to create homes and community buildings for the poor while offering hands-on architecture training for coming generations. Choosing impoverished Hale County, Alabama, for his bold experiment, Mockbee and his Auburn University students peppered this left-behind corner of the rural South with striking buildings ofexceptional design. Most use recycled and curious materials: hay bales, surplus tires, leftover carpet tiles, even discarded 1980 Chevy Caprice windshields. The publication of Rural Studio brought this innovative work to the public, andfive printings latercontinues to affect the way people view architecture.

Since Mockbee's death in 2001, the Rural Studio has continued to thrive, a tribute to its founder's vision. In 2004, the American Institute of Architects posthumously awarded Mockbee its highest honor, the Gold Medal for Architecture. Under Mockbee's successor, Andrew Freear, the studio has seeded southwest Alabama with an additional seventeen architectural landmarks, and all are shown here. With thoughtful text from Andrea Oppenheimer Dean and stunning photographs by Timothy Hursley, thisnew book explains the changes the studio has undergone during the last four years and its continuing ability to "proceed and be bold," as Mockbee counseled.

 

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Contents

RURAL STUDIO REACTS TO ITS LOSS
18
Lucys House
20
Shiles House
40
Antioch Baptist Church
46
UNDER ANDREW FREEAR THE PACE INTENSIFIES
54
HERO Storefront
56
Akron Senior Center
62
Perry Lakes Park Pavilion
68
Newbern Little League Baseball Field
114
Thomaston Rural Heritage Center
124
EVERCHANGING THE RURAL STUDIO REMAINS A MOVING TARGET
132
Avery Organic Vegetable Stand
134
Ola Maes Porch
140
Utility Now Bicycle Street Sweepers
146
Bodark Amphitheater
150
Patrick House
152

Room for Essie and
76
PERSONALIZED PROJECTS BOTH BIG AND SMALL
82
Red Barn
84
Music Mans House
92
Perry Lakes Park Facilities
104
Interviews with Students a Teacher and a Client
160
Building a Pavilion Jennifer Bonner
168
Another Dimension of Sambo Jackie Mockbee
172
Project Credits
174
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Andrea Oppenheimer Dean is author of several books on architecture including Rural Studio and editor for journals including Architecture, Architectural Record, Preservation, and Landscape. She lives in Washington, D.C.

Timothy Hursley is an award-winning photographer who established his own office in 1982. His books include Rural Studio and Brothels of Nevada. Hursley lives in Little Rock, Arkansas.

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