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Book Review: The Architecture Of Incarceration

Architecture Of Incarceration, edited by Iona Spens I have mixed feelings about this particular book.  On the one hand, I am definitely a part of the target audience that this book is aiming at, and that is people who are … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Design Of Everyday Things

The Design Of Everyday Things, by Donald A. Norman It’s nice to know that I’m not the only person who has serious problems with doors.  In the course of my life I have far too frequently ended up walking into … Continue reading

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Book Review: To Engineer Is Human (2)

To Engineer Is Human:  The Role Of Failure In Successful Design, by Henry Petroski There is in this particular book a sense of the dynamic nature of engineering and the sort of tension that exists between a desire for safety … Continue reading

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Book Review: Alcatraz: History And Design Of A Landmark

Alcatraz:  History And Design Of A Landmark, by Donald MacDonald and Ira Nadel Although from time to time I have visited a few prisons, I have never visited Alcatraz, nor have I even watched many of the large amount of … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Perfectionists

The Perfectionists:  How Precision Engineers Created The Modern World, by Simon Winchester I must admit that when I started reading this book I was not very familiar with what the author meant about precision engineering.  To be sure, it is … Continue reading

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Book Review: Draft No. 4

Draft No. 4:  On The Writing Process, by John McPhee I must admit that my earliest reading of the author gave me a somewhat slanted perspective of who he was as a writer.  It so happened that my local library … Continue reading

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So Often At Cross-Purposes

So often it seems as if those who seek to plan and develop spaces and those who use them are at cross-purposes.  Being someone who has spent a lifetime exploring the implications of these cross-purposes, I find this to be … Continue reading

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Book Review: Animal Architecture

Animal Architecture, by Ingo Arndt, text by Jürgen Tautz There is a deep and fatal inconsistency in this book, and it demonstrates something larger and more troubling at the problems of science as it relates to design.  On the one … Continue reading

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Book Review: Compact Cabins

Compact Cabins:  62 Plans For Camps, Cottages, Lake Houses & Other Getaways, by Gerald Rowan Although this book is aimed at endorsing and advocating for small vacation properties for people as a second home, there is a great deal of … Continue reading

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Book Review: Compact Houses

Compact Houses:  50 Creative Floor Plans For Well-Designed Small Homes, by Gerald Rowan I think highly enough of this book that even after reading it I would consider buying a copy of this book for my own collection, at least … Continue reading

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