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Narrow Houses: New Directions in Efficient Design


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Since the beginning of the housing boom of the 1950s, the size of the average North American house has steadily grown while the size of the average family has decreased. Today, a growing number of homebuyers seeking smaller, more efficient residential designs are rediscovering a centuries old housing prototype: the narrow house. Measuring twenty-five-feet wide or less, these "infill" or "skinny" houses, as they are often called, are on the rise in cities and suburbs around the world. The benefits of building small and narrow are numerous: greater land-use efficiency, less building material, fewer infrastructure costs, lower utility bills, and flexible layouts. This building type creates environmentally sensible houses that allow homeowners to live within their means. Narrow Houses presents a thorough overview of the practical considerations of designing a narrow-front home, including siting, floor arrangements, footprint, and interior and exterior finishing. The book documents twenty-eight innovative examples of narrow houses from around the world designed by today's foremost architects. Project data including floor plans and extensive interior and exterior photography demonstrate the inherent flexibility of this housing model and the many possibilities for adapting these homes to the constraints of site, climate, budget, family size, and other needs.

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This tall, narrow volume presents contemporary examples of houses designed to fit narrow spaces and fulfill environmental and sustainable planning requirements in modern urban environments. Divided into two parts, the work begins with twenty-eight case studies showcasing narrow houses from around the world. Each entry includes several color photographs, a floor plan and an introductory essay describing the location, architect and specifications of the house as well as a brief description of the project and any special features it includes. The second section includes four essays discussing design principles, footprints and volumes, interiors and the history of narrow houses. Of interest to design students and architects, the inclusion of numerous professional quality color photographs makes this volume appealing to a general audience with an interest in art and photography as well. Friedman is an architect and professor of architecture at McGill University. Annotation ©2011 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

About the Author

Avi Friedman is a world-renowned architect and director of the Affordable Homes Program at McGill University in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. He has served on the National Housing Research Committee of the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation.

Product Details

Friedman, Avi
Princeton Architectural Press
Friedman, AVI
Buildings - Residential
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Grade Level:
from 13 up to 17
11.75 x 8 x 1 in 2.46 lb
Age Level:
from 18 up to 99

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