Posts Tagged ‘handmade house’

Lloyd Kahn on Tiny Houses – lecture in Vancouver

Thursday, April 19th, 2012

Lloyd Kahn, Editor in Chief and founder of Shelter Publications, is a North American authority on the handmade house. Visit Shelter for a full list of his book titles on this topic. He has encyclopaedic knowledge of Pacific Northwest and international vernacular architecture and beyond.

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“If I Had a Hammer? What Do You Mean If?”

Monday, April 19th, 2010

Before I start, I’m asking on behalf of the owners of this house that nobody reposts or reproduces any of these images anywhere without my permission. Like a lot of people who have built their own houses in the woods, the owners, who are relatives of mine, appreciate their privacy and feel a bit negative about seeing their house all over the internet.

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At the lake

Thursday, August 6th, 2009

Today we spent the afternoon diving down and ripping out water lily roots from the muddy lake bottom, because even though the lilies are beautiful, they’re an introduced species and they’re slowly filling the lake. It’s creepy work – the tendrils grab you as you come up for air in a way that seems intentional – but afterwards there’s wine.

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Cosmic dust, on tumblr

Thursday, April 16th, 2009

If tumblr is a bellwether—and it may not be—then the sixties & seventies are back, in style if not in substance. So many of tumblr’s weird little blogs, each of them a kind of eclectic personal bulletin board, feature this kind of rock and roll Hair: The Musical meets back-to-the-land handmade-house thing.

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Handbuilt houses of the Pacific coast

Tuesday, February 10th, 2009

Sometimes after seeing too many chichi, precious, and citified houses, too much shiny, overproduced design, and everything just starts to look too estranged from the materials it was made from, as an antidote I go look at pictures of handbuilt houses. People can dismiss these as “hippie houses,” but the evident Japanese, Scandinavian and other architectural influences actually ally these buildings with the traditional rural house as well as with modernism.

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Handmade houses in Christiania

Saturday, January 31st, 2009

Maybe it’s because these houses are reminiscent of the tradition of handmade houses here on the West Coast, but there’s something pleasingly familiar about the eccentric wooden buildings of Christiana, the surreal, semi-autonomous, rebel neighbourhood of Copenhagen. It would take too long to fully cover the strange history of  Christiania here, but you can click the link to read the Wikipedia entry if you’re not familiar with the story.

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