Rural Studio: Samuel Mockbee and an Architecture of Decency

Rural Studio: Samuel Mockbee and an Architecture of

For almost ten years, Samuel Mockbee, a recent MacArthur Grant recipient, and his architecture students at Auburn University have been designing and building striking houses and community buildings for impoverished residents of Alabama's Hale County. Using salvaged lumber and bricks, discarded tires, hay and waste cardboard bales, concrete rubble, colored bottles, and old license plates, they create inexpensive buildings that bear the trademark of Mockbee's work, which he describes as "contemporary modernism grounded in Southern culture."In a time of unexampled prosperity, when architectural attention focuses on big, glossy urban projects, the Rural Studio provides an alternative of substance. In addition to being a social welfare venture, the Rural Studio--"Taliesin South" as Mockbee calls it--is also an educational experiment and a prod to the architectural profession to act on its best instincts. In giving students hands-on experience in designing and building something real, it extends their education beyond paper architecture. And in scavenging and reusing a variety of unusual materials, it is a model of sustainable architecture. The work of Rural Studio has struck such a chord-both architecturally and socially--that it has been featured on Oprah, Nightline, and CBS News, as...

  • Brand: Brand: Princeton Architectural Press
  • ASIN: 1568982925

Rural Studio at Twenty: Designing and Building in Hale County, Alabama

Rural Studio at Twenty: Designing and Building in

For two decades the students of Auburn University's Rural Studio have designed and built remarkable houses and community buildings for impoverished residents of Alabama's Hale County, one of the poorest in the nation. Our critically acclaimed bestseller Rural Studio (2002) showed how salvaged lumber, bricks, discarded tires, hay-and-waste cardboard bales, concrete rubble, colored bottles, carpet tiles, and old license plates were transformed into inexpensive buildings that were also models of sustainable architecture. Rural Studio at Twenty chronicles the evolution of the legendary program, founded by (MacArthur Genius Grant and AIA Gold Medal winner) Samuel Mockbee, and showcases an impressive portfolio of projects. Part monograph, part handbook, and part manifesto, Rural Studio at Twenty is a must-read for any architect, community advocate, professor, or student as a model for engaging place through design.

  • ASIN: 161689153X

Architecture for the Poor: An Experiment in Rural Egypt (Phoenix Books)

Architecture for the Poor: An Experiment in Rural

Architecture for the Poor describes Hassan Fathy's plan for building the village of New Gourna, near Luxor, Egypt, without the use of more modern and expensive materials such as steel and concrete. Using mud bricks, the native technique that Fathy learned in Nubia, and such traditional Egyptian architectural designs as enclosed courtyards and vaulted roofing, Fathy worked with the villagers to tailor his designs to their needs. He taught them how to work with the bricks, supervised the erection of the buildings, and encouraged the revival of such ancient crafts as claustra (lattice designs in the mudwork) to adorn the buildings.

  • Brand: University of Chicago Press
  • ASIN: 0226239160

Cottage Residences: Or, a Series of Designs for Rural Cottages and Cottage Villas, and Their Gardens and Grounds. Adapted to North America

Cottage Residences: Or, a Series of Designs for

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  • ASIN: 034313649X

Rural by Design: Planning for Town and Country

Rural by Design: Planning for Town and

For America's suburbs, small cities, and rural areas, new challenges demand new solutions. Author Randall Arendt meets them in an entirely new edition of Rural by Design. With 80 percent new material, the second edition of this planning classic shifts the focus to infilling neighborhoods, strengthening town centers, and moving development closer to schools, shops, and jobs. New chapters cover form-based codes, visioning, sustainability, low-impact development, green infrastructure, and more, while 70 case studies show how these ideas play out in the real world. Readers -- rural or not -- will find practical advice about planning for the way we live now. "It has been a decade since I read the first edition, and I was struck by how useful the information is to rural and urban alike. In many ways the title of the book is a misnomer, because this book is a great tool for new urbanists, small town enthusiasts and those that want to preserve and enhance the open space we all need." n Christopher Parker, Assistant City Manager: Director of Planning and Strategic Initiatives, City of Dover, NH "The second edition of Rural by Design is worth the 20 years necessary for its update. Arendt's latest work is thorough and well researched.. This is a must -have book for every planner's library. ...

  • ASIN: 1611901529

Historic Rural Churches of Georgia

Historic Rural Churches of

Aspects of Georgia’s unique history can only be told through its extant rural churches. As the Georgia backcountry rapidly expanded in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, the churches erected on this newly parceled land became the center of community life. These early structures ranged from primitive outbuildings to those with more elaborate designs and were constructed with local, hand-hewn materials to serve the residents who lived nearby. From these rural communities sprang the villages, towns, counties, and cities that informed the way Georgia was organized and governed and that continue to influence the way we live today.Historic Rural Churches of Georgia presents forty-seven early houses of worship from all areas of the state. Nearly three hundred stunning color photographs capture the simple elegance of these sanctuaries and their surrounding grounds and cemeteries. Of the historic churches that have survived, many are now in various states of distress and neglect and require restoration to ensure that they will continue to stand. This book is a project of the Historic Rural Churches of Georgia organization, whose mission is the preservation of historic rural churches across the state and the documentation of their history since their founding. If proper ...

  • ASIN: 0820349356

Samuel Mockbee and the Rural Studio: Community Architecture

Samuel Mockbee and the Rural Studio: Community

The architect and teacher Samuel Mockbee, founder of Auburn University's Rural Studio, was an idealist who put into action one of the boldest programs in contemporary architecture. Mockbee led his students in the design and construction of homes, community centers and other essential structures in Hale County, Alabama--one of the poorest counties in the United States. Mockbee believed that architecture could play a determining role in combating the brutalities of poverty. He inspired students to create vanguard designs and utilize an array of innovative, cost-effective building materials that included scraps of carpet baled into rectangular building blocks. This combination of ingenuity and enterprise informed the unique character of Mockbee's undertaking. Samuel Mockbee and the Rural Studio appraises Mockbee's unique contribution, assessing how he believed that architecture, practiced as a community-oriented undertaking, could transform the social environment.

  • ASIN: 093139452X

A Treatise on the Theory and Practice of Landscape Gardening, Adapted to North America: With a View to the Improvement of Country Residences ... with Remarks on Rural Architecture

A Treatise on the Theory and Practice of

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  • ASIN: 1354667891

China's Traditional Rural Architecture: A Cultural Geography of the Common House

China's Traditional Rural Architecture: A Cultural Geography of

China's Traditional Rural Architecture

  • Brand: Brand: Univ of Hawaii Pr
  • ASIN: 0824810538

Vernacular Architecture in Rural and Small Town Missouri: An Introduction

Vernacular Architecture in Rural and Small Town Missouri:

"Vernacular architecture is a continuous visible message to our culture. It communicates who we are as people. It reveals our struggles, delights and values. And, it explicates our human connection with place. As a result, the sensitivity to vernacular architecture intrigues people of all ages, the entrepreneur as well as the private homeowner, the community advocate as well as the casual reader. The concern for the condition and history of our built environment is compelling Dr. Marshall's timely commentary will be useful to: *chambers of commerce *community betterment groups *educators *elected officials *environmental designers *historical societies at all levels *planning councils *preservationists *tourism and economic development groups *rural enthusiasts ---- from the Introduction by Ruth Brent and Wander Eubank of the Department of Environmental Design at the University of Missouri-Columbia

  • ASIN: B00416EH4E
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