In Search Of Natural Architecture|
by David Pearson (Author)
Lifescapes Magazine, November 1
Comprises a provocative architectural journey, a must-read for anyone interested
in environmentally sound buildings that are in harmony with the landscape and
the human spirit.
A remarkable illustrated study by eco-architect David Pearson illuminating the
rediscovery of ancient wisdom that, in turn, has inspired a spiritual
reawakening in architecture.
Drawing on his background as an architect specializing in housing, environmental
issues, and holistic design, Pearson compiles a collection of "environmentally
clean" and "spiritually healthy" buildings from around the world and across the
centuries. He divides his discussion of these buildings, which are illustrated
with 146 color photographs and eighteen drawings, into six thematic chapters.
The first explains how ancient architectural forms like yurts and teepees
reflect archetypes of human spirituality, while the second explores the
rejuvenating qualities of today’s healing architecture. The third chapter
focuses on ecologically aware building principles, the fourth on the lessons of
traditional folk architecture, and the fifth on the culturally vibrant
architecture of developing countries. The final chapter describes how all these
architectural influences have led to a new awakening, embodied by architects’
organic designs for contemporary structures from farmhouses to department
stores. Together the six chapters comprise a provocative architectural journey,
a must-read for anyone interested in environmentally sound buildings that are in
harmony with the landscape and the human spirit.
Hardcover: 159 pages
Publisher: Abbeville Press; 1st Abbeville Ed edition (May 30, 2005)