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Shelter is many things - a visually dynamic, oversized compendium of organic architecture past and present; a how-to book that includes over 1,250 illustrations; and a Whole Earth Catalog-type sourcebook for living in harmony with the earth by using every conceivable material. First published in 1973, Shelter remains a source of inspiration and invention. Including the nuts-and-bolts aspects of building, the book covers such topics as dwellings from Iron Age huts to Bedouin tents to Togo'stin-and-thatch houses; nomadic shelters from tipis to "housecars"; and domes, dome cities, sod iglus, and even treehouses.
The authors recount personal stories about alternative dwellings that illustrate sensible solutions to problems associated with using materials found in the environment - with fascinating, often surprising results.
Publisher: [Bolinas, Calif.] : Shelter Publications, [1990]
Copyright Date: ©1973
ISBN: 9780936070117
Branch Call Number: 728 SHE
Characteristics: 176 pages : illustrations (some color), maps ; 37 cm.
Additional Contributors: Shelter Publications


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Jul 04, 2011

Beautiful, fantastic book of indigenous architecture and personal building styles from around the world. Through and well written with plenty of real pictures, layouts, descriptions of materials, purposes, uses, and resources of everything from adobe to yurts. Surprisingly readable. Published in 1990 but still in remarkably good condition, an over-sized paperback with a zine like layout: packed with info from a knowledgeable and obviously caring author. Great for the architect or builder that wants to explore styles other than a modern westernized mechanized approach to homes. I only wish I could own it but it's so rare! Thank you SPL for stocking this subterranean treasure.

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