Small Buildings (Pamphlet Architecture) Paperback – 1 Oct 1996
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About the Author
Michael Cadwell is a practicing architect and Associate Professor in the Austin E. Knowlton School of Architecture at The Ohio State University. A former Fellow of the American Academy in Rome and the MacDowell Colony, he is the author of "Small Buildings."
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Some will think the drawings in particular are now a little dated, but I think they are honest. This, to me, is real architecture. The journeys that the author took with each of these wonderful 'little buildings' seem really valid and true to themselves. There may not be any snazzy 3D renders, or indeed colour, but there is a documented history of a collection of projects that beautifully came into being. Designers should start building things!
The only thing that stopped it getting 5 stars was (and this is the case with all the pamphlet series) the price for such a small book.
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That having been stated, Mike Cadwell's book is a documented insight into how he matured as an architect. From the onset, his initiative and determination is motivated by his desire to further his knowledge and understanding of how things are constructed.
Mr. Cadwell once stated that while working in an architect's office an employee was once asked by the firm owner what material that employee was rendering in color. The lack of an understanding that Mr. Cadwell overheard motivated him to fully understand the materials that architects use, how they go together, and the implications of designs.
The portfolio of the projects are impressive on the scale that they operate and how they serve Mr. Cadwell as studies.
But, what is more impressive is Mr. Cadwell's determination to take on such studies in an effort to better understand the practice of architecture. He is responsible for the design of the projects through the construction of them. He learns errors along that way that many architects suffer the criticism of contractors on.
Through these invaluable studies, it is evident that Mr. Cadwell evolves into a better architect of which many others only aspire to be.
As an architecture student, I can relate very personally to the feeling of disconnect that Caldwell had about his intellectual education. This sort of this simply isn't taught much in architecture schools these days; one has to independently recognize the defecit and seek to fill it. The power of building something of your design is extraordinary, and PA 17 is a wonderful reminder of how rewarding doing those small, personal projects can be.