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The Place of Houses

3.84  ·  Rating Details ·  56 Ratings  ·  8 Reviews
With a new epilogue

Richly illustrated with houses large and small, old and new, with photographs, plans, and cutaway drawings, this is a book for people who want a house but who may not know what they really need, or what they have a right to expect.

The authors establish the basis for good building by examining houses in the small Massachusetts town of Edgartown; in Santa
Paperback, 315 pages
Published April 17th 2001 by University of California Press (first published January 1st 1974)
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Dec 02, 2016 Architeacher rated it really liked it
When this was published in 1974, I was in the fourth year of my teaching career (so called) in architecture. Houses were, then, of considerable interest to architects as a building type, an interest that has waned and waxed several times in the interim. As a teaching tool in the 70's it was useful for the metaphysical way it categorized spaces/functions, ways that were slightly off center for a product of the 1960s as I was. Perhaps the most useful teaching tool wasn't in the text itself, but in ...more
Dec 16, 2016 Stuart rated it really liked it
An incredibly deep and groovy look at the way we view, build and inhabit houses. Full of photos, endlessly rich (and bizarre) aphorisms on dwelling and engaging ideas on the interaction between the built environment and the human community that it houses.

Mr. Moore and his associates take an excellently countercultural approach to the modernism of the era, preferring sentimentality, silliness and clutter--many of their houses could be stages for avant-garde Russian theater in the early 20th centu
Sharon Barrow Wilfong
This was an interesting book, especially if you are an architect or interested in how the placement of rooms and the furniture and appliances in the rooms affect our relationship to space and how we then live inside those spaces.
Nov 11, 2008 Sara rated it it was amazing
An incredible book that helped us plan our amazing remodel. Basically the book talks through what houses are to us and how everything moves through it: air, water, paper, food, dirt, people, pets, waste. With a clear picture of what we needed our house to do for us it was relatively easy to create a house that worked wonderfully for us.

Then we sold it and moved to a house that barely works at all. Sigh.

But I still have the book....
Jul 31, 2008 Ethan rated it it was amazing
I'm not sure if this would be considered theory, but if so, it is a great example of excellent theory written by an excellent architect. Above all, I think my favorite part of this book is when they mention that, in planning a house, it may be necessary to consider having a place to hide marijuana from guests and children.
May 18, 2013 jw468 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Many of the houses used in this book are by Charles Moore and his associates, so it's an excellent resource of information about those projects. Anyone who wants a house that is truly a home will likely find this useful; anyone who is more interested in the resell value of his or her "home" likely will not.
Jul 26, 2008 Yoni rated it it was amazing
Architecture buff or not, you'll learn a lot about what people need in a home environment, and might realize what's important to you. I read the book as part of an intro to architecture course. It changed the way I think about and interact with my living space.
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Charles Willard Moore was an American architect, educator, writer, Fellow of the American Institute of Architects, and winner of the AIA Gold Medal in 1991.

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Charles Moore
Charles W. Moore
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