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3.0 out of 5 stars Mobile: The Art of Portable Architecture, 7 Feb. 2009
This review is from: Mobile: The Art of Portable Architecture (Paperback)
If the book were a person, I'd expect to be greated by some aging long haired hippy with a degree in art and design, who'd found a suit somewhere and decided to use it to presnet some ideals he's had for a while. This on its own is absolutely fine, 'alternative' design meeting movable architecture is a good topic, but this book seems to fall short of achieving it.

For one, there are too many case studies. Its all about the designs that have already been done, when actually I'd be more excited to read about the theories and reasons behind why I should wear my house like a snail, and how my life would be richer for it. How do these designs benefit the people, the communties, 'Life in General'? Why should I put my effort into this? What are the uses, demands, wants and needs for the designs? What contexts are the designs or uses intended for?

For the case studies that are present, the book also lacks on information about the intended life-span, sustainability (and eventual disposability) issues, requirements (for example, an inflatable is hardly well suited to a desert... where do I plug it in?) and details on the brief for each design.

As a coffee table or ideas book, this is ok-verging-on-good; if this is the books intention then we want MORE case studies and a greater variety of use, site and context behind the designs. However, as an inspirational book we need more theory and reasoning. The book doesn't have enough of either, so I'm wondering what the meaning of this book really is....
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