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An Architecture of the Ozarks: The Works of Marlon Blackwell (New Voices in Architecture) Paperback – 1 Mar 2005


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"I live, practice, teach, and build in northwest Arkansas, in the foothills of the Ozark Mountains, It's a place considered to be in the middle of nowhere, yet ironically close to everywhere. It is an environment of real natural beauty and, simultaneously, one of real constructed ugliness. Abandonment, exploitation, erasure and nostalgia are all aspects of this place and are conditions as authentic as its natural beauty and local form. This land of disparate conditions in not just a setting for my work--it is part of the work. By choosing to live and work here--to call it home--I've been able to get beyond the surface of things, to turn over the rock and discover the complex and rich underbelly of my place--its visceral presences and expressive character--that so informs and sustains my efforts. I am working from the conviction that architecture is larger than the subject of architecture."

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Marlon Blackwell has received national and international recognition for his residential projects. He teaches architecture at the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Striking, yet affordable, houses 28 Mar. 2006
By John Matlock - Published on Amazon.com
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It is with releif that we look at the work of this small town architect living and working in rural Arkansas. It is proof that the creative design of striking small homes is not dead. The buildings illustrated here are not the expensive luxury homes of the rich, nor are they the cookie cutter homes of the modern American sub-division. Instead, they are striking buildings that are well within the range of the average house buyer.

Mr. Blackwell clearly works well with the client and the location of the proposed dwelling. That part of the country, for instance, is prone to frequent flooding. As a result, a number of the houses shown here are built up above ground. These houses, though, are far from the traditional set of poles with a conventional house positioned on top. The results look like insects, or maybe space ships. Yet the designs are so simple that the costs would not be extremely high.

This book is a refreshing look at brilliant design in an unexpected corner.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Architecture. 17 Dec. 2014
By Roberto Ramirez - Published on Amazon.com
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Love this book! Great architecture in unexpected places.
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2.0 out of 5 stars poorly made 15 Sept. 2014
By M. Weindling - Published on Amazon.com
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poor quality binding. fell apart as soon as I opened the book. sent it back. no problem.
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