Intriguing desert abodes - beautifully photographed,
This review is from: Under Arizona Skies: The Apprentice Desert Shelters at Frank Lloyd Wright's Taliesin West (Hardcover)
This is a charming small book which shows off some of the many innovative desert dwellings constructed by students at the Taliesin West site in the Arizona desert. The text introduction is well written and serves as a good primer for the pages that follow. I would have preferred a little more text to accompany the sparse descriptions of each construction, and possibly some input from the apprentices responsible for them, but overall it is a delightfully presented representation of what can be achieved with minimal resources in a harsh environment.
The photography is excellent, but it would have been nice to have the book published in a larger format - although understandably the publisher and the budget available dictate such things. The illustrations of the design plans though were in the main just a little too small and inadequate to really satisfy my curiosity. Overall a really nice publication which will be of interest to anyone interested in architecture or contemporary design.
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