Author(s): Lorenz, Albert

Second Hand Home Architecture, Design and Building

This handsome book, subtitled ``Showing How People Have Lived Throughout History with Examples Drawn from the Lives of Legendary Men and Women,'' comes in the wake of Lorenz's Metropolis (1996) and is just as meticulously crafted. A welter of deta ils appears on every spread, yet there is always open space, a crisp, incisive text, and visual and verbal humor to keep things afloat. Lorenz gathers under his roof any structure that has been lived in for some time, so along with the expected domicilesc ity apartment, serf's cabin, Versailles, Giverny, Monticello, and such--he scatters monastic cells, the Trojan Horse, a slaving vessel, the space station Mir, and the human womb. He lightly covers the evolution of design and also introduces historic chara cters and their famous abodes, e.g., Sherlock Holmes's Baker Street residence. There are moments when the book resembles a cabinet of curiosities, when a lapse of narrative warmth fails to invest the discussion of dwellings with any soul.


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General Fields

  • : 9780810911963SECA
  • : harryn
  • : harryn
  • : 0.68
  • : November 1998
  • : 330mm X 241mm X 10mm
  • : United States
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Lorenz, Albert
  • : Hardback
  • : Joy Schleh
  • : 643.109
  • : 47
  • : 48pp colour illustrations