Building and Living With Earth

Book - 1994
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This book tells the story of adobe, sun-dried brick houses, popular in the desert Southwest and California. It is a story that travels from Asia and North America to the Iberian Peninsula, from the history-filled Palace of the Governors in Santa Fe, New Mexico, to the homes of the famous inhabitants in the hills of Taos. It is a book that is both historical and cultural.

Baker & Taylor
Discusses the African roots of building with adobe, and includes chapters on plastering, solar applications, and artistic formulations

Book News
This mouthwatering documentary and visual history of adobe structures encompasses their geographical, esthetic, and historical dimensions. It surveys North African earthen buildings, Hispanic-influenced Native American pueblos and churches of the American Southwest, and the contemporary architecture of Santa Fe and Taos, showcasing interiors, exteriors, and special features in gorgeous color photos (by Michael Freeman). The text is clear and informative. Of interest to a wide audience of architects, interior designers, and those with an interest in the esthetic, ecological, and economic appeal of adobe. No index. Annotation copyright Book News, Inc. Portland, Or.

Blackwell North Amer
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.

Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin, 1994.
ISBN: 9780395566930
Branch Call Number: Q 721.04422 ROM
Characteristics: 237 p. : ill. ; 26 cm.
Additional Contributors: Larkin, David


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