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5.0 out of 5 stars An absolute gem, 16 Aug 2007
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Henk Beentje "Henk Beentje" (Kew, England) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Architecture Without Architects: A Short Introduction to Non-Pedigreed Architecture (Paperback)
This is an amazing book - I cannot recommend it enough. If you get the chance to browse it anywhere, do - chances are you'll buy it. I bought it in the early seventies and have been browsing it ever since. It is full of wonderful images from all over the World, of houses, dovecotes, castles, grain stores and the like built by people without formal training (but often with a lot of crafts knowledge, obviously). It is endlessly fascinating - to dream away with, to inspire, to get itchy feet with, to organize an immediate trip from. There are other books on the subject (Oliver springs to mind) but this was the first, and in many respects it remains the best. Rudofsky has a fine style in writing, too: an open mind and a vast knowledge, coupled to a good sense of humour.
Buy this book, you won't regret it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Worth it, 21 Aug 2014
This review is from: Architecture Without Architects: A Short Introduction to Non-Pedigreed Architecture (Paperback)
If you are looking at a quick read about some not-quiet-mainstream architecture, then this book is great for that. It is short, and black and white, but the projects that it encompasses give an interesting perspective on architectural knowledge, and building practices.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Architecture without Architects, 29 July 2010
This review is from: Architecture Without Architects: A Short Introduction to Non-Pedigreed Architecture (Paperback)
Great Book - Spoilt only by the changed cover graphic/image on the new edition. (look at the old one for comparison)
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