Title: Rural Studio: Samuel Mockbee and an Architecture of Decency
From the Publisher:
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 well as in Time and People magazines.
From Builders Booksource:
We were shocked when we learned that Samuel Mockbee died in late December 2001. We had the pleasure of meeting him last year at our national book convention where he made a presentation. This new book is at least a fitting tribute to the work he and a progression of very dedicated students and advocates have done in the rural south. The book is at once moving, beautiful, both morally challenging and visually inspirational. What immediately reached me was the use of local, sustainable materials in a contemporary way that still succeeds in echoing the vernacular architecture of the area. An important book for students, architects, builders, and anyone interested in rural issues around housing or social issues.
186 pages, paperback. Princeton Architectural Press (January 2002)
Author: Andrea Oppenheimer Dean & Timothy Hursley
Publisher: Princeton Architectural Press
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