perch homes in trees and
float them in lakes; they build them to last for centuries and make
portable enough to carry on their backs; they look for design
in the landscape, in the human body, and in flora and fauna. A
in the World offers a deep perspective on home design by
how different cultures have handled the essential task of building
that reflect their ideals and values. In a time when home improvement
all the rage, this book sheds light on other, more global, meanings of
the word "home."
Martine and Caroline Laffon
lead us on a fascinating journey to distant lands to discover the
variety of vernacular and ethnographic domestic architecture. We
a treehouse high atop a forest, boathouses in Thailand, a mud-and-wood
fortress in Togo, a hut in Siberia, and an intricate latticework
in India. Illustrated with 150 images of houses around the world, this
extraordinary volume will have great appeal for those interested in
design, cultural anthropology, and travel.
A Home in the World
Martine and Caroline
N Abrams, 2004.