Inspired Homes

Inspired Homes

Architecture for Changing Times

By (author) Avi Friedman


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  • A timely, thought-provoking, and highly informative book on architectural designs that meet the need for a new ethical and sustainable approach to architecture
  • Inspired Homes addresses a growing demand for books on houses that are smaller in scale, have less impact on the land, and utilise eco-friendly technology and materials
Full Description

Written by a world expert in the field, Inspired Homes offers information on contemporary design concepts and illustrates them with examples of truly outstanding designs. Current modes of dwelling design are facing challenges of both philosophy and form. Approaches that have prevailed in past decades no longer sustain new demands and require innovative rethinking. The need for a new outlook is propelled by fundamental changes to the environment, economy, and society. Design for passive solar gain, solar-powered homes, minimising a dwelling’s physical footprint, Net-Zero residences, and preserving a site’s natural assets are some of the strategies that the architects and builders featured in this book are integrating into their thought processes and design practices.

Locations include: Cundinamarca, Columbia; Burgundy, France; Devin, Slovakia; Matosinhos, Portugal; Jermanice, Czech Republic; Tokyo, Japan; Colina, Chile; Queensland, Australia; Lumina, Switzerland; Fogo Island, Newfoundland, Canada; Middlebury, Vermont, US; Venice, California, US; Truo, Massachusetts, US; Orleans, Massachusetts; Sag Harbor, New York, US; Sydney, New South Wales, Australia; Hollywood, California, US; Sao Paulo, Brazil; Curacavi, Chile; Toronto, Ontario, Canada; Arelauqen, Argentina; Asheville, North Carolina, US; Forest Town, Johannesburg, South Africa; Colina, Chile.

About the Author

Avi Friedman began his architectural studies at the Politecnico di Milano in Italy, received his Bachelor of Architecture from the Israel Institute of Technology (first in class/cum laude) and his Master in Architecture from McGill University in Montreal. He received his doctorate in 1987 from the Universite de Montreal. In 1988, he cofounded the Affordable Homes Program at the McGill School of Architecture, where he is a Full Professor. Dr Friedman is the recipient of the Progressive Architecture Research Award, the J.-Armand-Bombardier Prize for Technological Innovation and the Manning Innovation Award of Distinction, Education, Teaching, and Research. He has authored ten books on housing related issues, for McGraw-Hill, Wiley, Penguin, and Princeton Architectural Press, which were well-received by reviewers and the public. He also authored numerous peer-reviewed articles for academic journals on subjects ranging from prefabrication and construction technology to suburban planning and space management, and has contributed chapters to other books. Dr Friedman is a member of the editorial board of architectural journals and has authored research monographs and articles in trade publications in the USA and Canada. Between 2000 and 2008 he wrote a bi-monthly syndicated column on housing for the Canwest chain of daily newspapers with a readership of over two million.

The Images Publishing Group
11th Jun 2013
World excluding Japan and South East Asia
254 mm x 254 mm
224 Pages
400 color
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