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  • Paperback: 215 pages
  • Publisher: Princeton Architectural Press (1 Oct 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1568987218
  • ISBN-13: 978-1568987217
  • Product Dimensions: 16.8 x 2.5 x 24.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 656,688 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Alessandro Rocca is an architect, architecture critic, and professor at the Milan Polytechnic. He is the author of numerous books and articles on architecture.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By dan on 5 Nov 2010
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This is a beautiful book with lots of inspiration for any sort of land art. There is very little text but I don't think explanations are very necessary due to the simple nature of the process. just lots of wonderful photos and diagrams.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. Janssen on 16 Dec 2012
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Brilliant book with beautiful examples of natural architecture. To look at again and again. And then again, and again, and again .... You get my drift?
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ms Jennifer Rogers on 10 Dec 2012
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Still flick through the book for inspiration and marvel at the enginuity of peoples creativity working with nature.
A must for people living on the outside!
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Some really nice pictures and lots of bulls**t writing 12 Jun 2009
By Mark - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I got this book based on the example pictures which you can see on Amazon, and for those it's nice. But many of the really inspiring pictures in the book are available here or other places online. The book covers a wide range of projects, from a practical bridge construction in Tibet to an agricultural education program for kids (which has almost nothing to do with architecture as far as I can tell) to extremely personal works of art. If you read the professional reviews above, you may think the projects in this book share characteristics like decaying over time. The selection is really more a scattershot of whatever Alessandro Rocca happened to like. There are parks and houses included, for example, which are carefully maintained and are not expected to decay at all for the forseeable future.
Unfortunately most of the especially beautiful works are marred by the luridly purple prose attached to describe them. It's the typical modern art nonsense where artists plant an arbor of trees but have to artspeak what they've done into, "a device for alteration of the gaze in paths of access and leaving the place. Its evolution is very closely connected to its reception, which necessarily passes through the sensations received." If you can wade through that kind of self-aggrandizing vocabulary list, more power to you. I for one had to tear out the pictures I liked and toss the book so the text wouldn't ruin the experience of the art.
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Gorgeous Book 11 Dec 2012
By Lisa - Published on Amazon.com
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Even in paperback, this book is lovely on your coffee table, but also informative about the natural architecture movement. Purchased as a gift and was well-received!
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Whimsical and entertaining art 24 Sep 2008
By Peter Bassney - Published on Amazon.com
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This beautiful volume has a wide-range of outdoor structures constructed, for the most part, from natural materials. As a member of a community that has built straw-bale structures, I found the range of materials and style of structures quite inspiring.

I recommend this book for anyone intersted in the relationship between the natural world and man-made structures.
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Brilliant Book! 1 Feb 2013
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How we engage with nature can be defined as breathtaking by virtue of our human capacity for ideas made real by building. This book shows us how to open our spaces, so we can open our minds and our hearts to a more Artful experience with nature and our environment.
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