The Language of Houses

The Language of Houses

How Buildings Speak to Us

Book - 2014
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Offers a meditation on architecture and how it speaks to human experience, looking at what buildings and the spaces they contain say about the people who inhabit them, as well as the effects that those spaces have on them.
Publisher: Harrison, New York : Delphinium Books, [2014]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781883285609
1883285607
Characteristics: 308 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Additional Contributors: Sung, Karen

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GummiGirl
Nov 30, 2014

Interesting, but it has more breadth than depth and many of its observations fall into the "well, duh" category.

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Bududo
Nov 21, 2014

This is a delightful book that describes subtle and not-so-subtle messages that houses and other buildings make to the observing visitor. The author writes very well with a wry sense and bases many of her observations on personal visits and experiences. It is also a nice touch when she quotes various literary figures for observations on messages that they get from different buildings or houses. The author makes observations about the exterior, interior floor plan, and rooms of buildings. There are also brief sections of the evolution of buildings and the social and functional forces that are driving changes to these buildings including: Hospitals, prisons, offices, and schools. This is a terrific read. Highly recommended.

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