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Builders of the Pacific Coastby Lloyd Kahn
As the founding editor-in-chief of Shelter Publications, Inc. and the former editor of the Whole Earth Catalog, Lloyd Kahn boasts a long history of stellar publications, and his latest is no exception. Builders of the Pacific Coast showcases some of the most creative owner-built homes on the West coast, among them: working homesteads, driftwood abodes, gypsy-type caravans, houseboats, homes that are at once beautiful and practical, and countless examples of stunning architectural design. Builders of the Pacific Coast is a feast for the eyes and a testament to the rewards of thinking outside the box.
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A continuation of Lloyd Kahn's journeys into the creative processes of owner-built homes — their innovative techniques, use of sustainable materials, and essential dedication to the natural elements surrounding their designs — Builders of the Pacific Coast explores the aesthetics and skills of three master builders in California, Washington state, and the rugged terrain of British Columbia. The three featured craftsmen — Lloyd House, Bruce Atkey, and Sun Ray Kelley — combine imaginative architecture with innovative contexts: everything from unusual house-boats to sculptural dwellings made of driftwood are included. With stunning color and black-and-white photographs, as well as detailed black-and-white drawings of the homes, this collection of unique and progressive designs creates a template for a future filled with forward-thinking architecture.
Book News Annotation:
Kahn, a builder and author, presents a photo essay of the work of carpenters of the Pacific Coast, from Northern California to Vancouver Island, British Columbia. About 1,200 photos show the design and craftsmanship of unique wood buildings, houses, yurts, and geodesic domes, with descriptions of them and brief biographies of the carpenters, based on Kahn's interviews with them over two years. Three builders are featured through lengthier spreads--Lloyd House, Bruno Atkey, and SunRay Kelley--along with many others. Annotation ©2009 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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