Handmade Houses & Other Buildings

Handmade Houses & Other Buildings

The World of Vernacular Architecture

  1. John May
  2. Consultant Editor Anthony Reid
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  • ISBN 9780500342589
  • 21.00 x 13.00 cm
  • Hardback
  • 192pp
  • 300 Illustrations, 60 in colour
  • First published 2010
‘Neat, informative and ideally pitched for lay people … does a fine job of bringing this subject to life’ – Real Travel
'If ever there was a case against the rush to concrete urban jungles, this captivating book makes it in the most charming way … human scale architecture is here in spades … inspiring some readers to build their own hand-made houses and the rest of us to dream of doing so'– FT Online

Architects of the world's great buildings are celebrated, but makers of the more humble ‘vernacular architecture’ are too often anonymous.

This information-packed, visual guide introduces the wealth of local structures worldwide, accompanied by an expert narrative exploring cultural approaches and key aspects of construction.

A stunning colour gallery shows the diversity of construction materials, then the book explores vernacular architecture across each continent.

From the wooden churches of Eastern and Central Europe, the tower houses of Yemen, the efficient gers of Mongolia and the log cabins of North America to the towering treehouses of Indonesia, profiles of each building are accompanied by beautiful illustrations, including diagrams and cross-sections, showing how the structures were built and from which materials. A chapter on modern vernacular architecture illustrates the current revival of traditional skills.

John May is the author of sixteen other books, including the official history of Greenpeace. He currently blogs at ‘The Generalist’. Anthony Reid, consultant editor, has been teaching and lecturing on international vernacular architecture for almost ten years. His travels have taken him from the houseboats of the East Anglian coast to the gers of Mongolia and the hutongs of Beijing.