A View From the Porch

A View From the Porch

Rethinking Home and Community Design

Book - 2015
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"A View from the Porch is an illuminating collection of 22 essays about the points where design touches life and the big and small things that make us appreciate, or become disconnected from, our homes and neighbourhoods. Drawing on his experiences as an architect, planner, world traveller, and educator, Friedman delves into issues such as the North American obsession with monster homes, the impact of scale on the feeling of comfort in our communities, environmental concerns such as deforestation, innovative recycling methods in building materials, the booming do-it-yourself industry, the decline of craftsmanship, and the role of good design in bringing families together. Written with Friedman's trademark flare A View from the Porch offers a compelling vision of the influence of design in our everyday lives from one of the world's most innovative thinkers. This is a totally revised edition, with new material, of Room for Thought published in 2005."--
Publisher: Montreal : Vehicule Press, ©2015.
ISBN: 9781550653991
Characteristics: 271 pages :,illustrations ;,18 cm.
Alternative Title: Room for thought.


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Feb 05, 2018

Loved this book of essays, a collection created over the course of 14 years. Written from a unique point of view with a succinct writing format, there are a number of unexpected, fascinating learning experiences shared throughout the book. Housing and communities change relatively slowly... Friedman seems to gather the clues that cause the changes into a plausible story of civility, and opens some points to wonder about for the future.

May 16, 2016

Interesting ideas, but the writing is ordinary, nothing new here.

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