Publication date 10/10/2012
7 x 9 inches (17.8 x 22.9 cm), Hardcover
160 pages, 160 color illustrations
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It is said that the history of modern architecture can be observed through the evolution of the single-family home. Over generations, each has hoped to improve on the last, rethinking and reinventing this seemingly simple building type. At certain historic moments in the discourse, new ideas about domesticity have given form to radically different configurations of home and community. Current emphasis on sustainability presents a unique opportunity to design affordable houses that respond to specific economic, social, and environmental challenges.
In From the Ground Up, editor Peggy Tully presents the results of an international competition to create new models for affordable high-performance green homes in urban residential neighborhoods. Developed for a vacant infill site in Syracuse's Near Westside, these ambitious projects offer an array of innovative designs that provide a new vision for once-vital urban residential neighborhoods and well-designed energy-efficient homes throughout the United States. From the Ground Up includes topical essays by series editor Mark Robbins, architect Michael Sorkin, and architectural historian'susan Henderson.
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"The title is part of the handsomely made New City Books series from Syracuse SOA and Princeton Architectural Press.the book is thorough and tracks each project from the competition drawings to snapshots of the house's owners, a fairly uncommon documentation for some uncommon houses."
"What is most valuable about the book is the way it extends from the competition in 2008 to the recent occupancy of the houses; it does not limit itself to one aspect of the process. This big-picture presentation goes hand in hand with the big idea of realizing houses from a design competition whose timing coincided with the housing crisis and the doubt it created."
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