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The house : its origins and evolution
Gardiner, Stephen.
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Uniform Title:
Evolution of the house
Publication Information:
Chicago : Ivan R. Dee, [2002]

Physical Description:
371 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
General Note:
Reprint. Originally published under title: Evolution of the house. New York : Macmillan, 1974.
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NA7105 .G37 2002 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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This book offers an enlightened overview of the development of house and home, from its beginnings in the caves of early man through the variety of structures that have since evolved.

Author Notes

Stephen Gardiner is an architect and writer who has been architectural critic for the London Magazine, Spectator and Observer and contributes to The Times (London), Architectural Review and other journals. Stephen Gardiner was recently awarded the OBE for services to community architecture

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Library Journal Review

As indicated by the verso's fine print, this work reprints Gardiner's Evolution of the House: An Introduction (1974; o.p.). The text appears to be identical, with the addition of two new chapters at the end on postwar urbanism, postmodernism, and the return to low-rise housing and an epilog that encourages harmonious residential developments based on 18th-century models and principles. Many of the same black-and-white illustrations, line drawings, and unevenly contrasted photos are recycled. Moreover, the bibliography hasn't been updated, the most current book listed having been published in 1971. The work is organized thematically and is generally a straightforward and basic survey, although enigmatic chapter headings such as "Solids," "Outlines," "Life Is One Animal," and "Jigsaw" are confusing. A useful historical and anthropological survey in its day, covering human shelter from prehistoric caves and Near Eastern mud brick houses to contemporary designs, this work has long been superseded by newer and more informative works, such as Norbert Schoenauer's 6,000 Years of Housing. Not recommended. Russell T. Clement, Northwestern Univ. Lib., Evanston, IL (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. 1
1 Outlinesp. 3
2 Solidsp. 26
3 The Framep. 48
4 The Gardenp. 81
5 The Still Centrep. 98
6 Life is One Animalp. 117
7 Jigsawp. 136
8 Positive Negativep. 157
9 The Community Framep. 172
10 The Machinep. 199
11 The Mandalap. 222
12 An Age of Fashionp. 266
Epilogue: Past, Present, Futurep. 287
Bibliographyp. 329
Indexp. 337