Most homes built in the United States over the last fifty years were merely plopped down on a piece of land without any real integration of house and site. The result is a suburban sprawl of homes that are as uninspiring as they are environmentally unsustainable. House in the Landscape offers a viable alternative for landowners who want to build in a more thoughtful manner. Twenty-two houses by some of today's best-known residential architects illustrate nine site types from all over the United States. Each site, the issues it posed, the solutions the architects found, and the resulting house design are discussed and explained in detail, providing a wealth of siting information for the reader.
Jeremiah Eck is the senior partner of Eck|MacNeely Architects, a Boston-based firm specializing in residential and private school work. Eck is a fellow of the American Institute of Architects, College of Fellows, a former lecturer in architecture at the Harvard Graduate School of Design, a landscape painter, and author of two previous books, The Distinctive Home: A Vision of Timeless Design and The Face of Home: A New Way to Look at the Outside of Your Home.
He has lectured extensively across the country on the nature of good home design and how important the relation between architect and homeowner is in designing a good house. His recent lectures have also emphasized the importance of art education as a major influence in designing and building better homes. His annual summer seminar on the house in Executive Education at the Harvard Graduate School of Design for architects, contractors, and homeowners was often one of the best attended seminars. He has built or renovated every home he has ever lived in.
The Midwest Book Review:
"House in the Landscape is for anyone designing or building a home, from architects to involved homeowners and builders, and provides a key book to matching a site to a building. A fine pick for home builder and architectural collections alike!"
New England Home Design Blog:
"If you are interested in how our human lives and structures can work with the planet, not against it, you will find much to ponder in this book. And if any of your friends are real-estate developersplease consider a gift copy."