No Nails, No Lumber

The Bubble Houses of Wallace Neff

Jeffrey Head

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     7.25 × 7.875 in (18.4 × 20.0 cm)
176 pages
100 color illustrations, 100 b/w illustrations
Publication date: 1/1/2012
Rights: World
ISBN: 9781616890247

Imagine a house constructed in less than forty-eight hours, without using lumber or nails, that is more resistant to fire, earthquakes, and hurricanes than any traditionally built structure. This may sound like the latest development in prefab housing or green architecture, but the design dates back to 1941 when architect Wallace Neff (1895--1982) developed Airform construction as a solution to the global housing crisis. Best known for his elegant Spanish Colonial revival estates in Southern California, Neff had a private passion for his dome-shaped "bubble houses" made of reinforced concrete cast in position over an inflatable balloon. No Nails, No Lumber shows the beauty and versatility of Neff 's design in new and vintage photography, previously unpublished illustrations, and archival material and ephemera.

Jeffrey Head is a Los Angeles'based writer on the topics of art, architecture and design. He writes for various publications including The Architect's Newspaper, Architectural Record, Metropolis, Modernism and The Los Angeles Times.

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