A Hut of One's Own: Life Outside the Circle of Architecture

A Hut of One's Own: Life Outside the Circle of Architecture

Ann Cline


This small ebook on small dwellings explores a few of the greatest questions that may be posed approximately structure. What starts the place structure ends? What was once ahead of architecture?The ostensible topic of Ann Cline's inquiry is the primitive hut, a one-room constitution outfitted of universal or rustic fabrics. Does the proliferation of those buildings in recent years signify escapist architectural myth, or deeper cultural impulses? As she addresses this question, Cline gracefully weaves jointly tales: one in every of primitive huts in instances of cultural transition, and the opposite of diminutive constructions in our personal time of architectural transition. From those narrative strands emerges a deeper inquiry: what are the bounds of structure? What ghosts inhabit its edges? What does it suggest to stay outdoors it?Cline's undertaking begun twenty-five years in the past, while she got down to translate the japanese tea ritual into an American idiom. First studying the normal tea practices of Japan, then construction and designing huts within the usa, she tried to make the "translation" from one tradition to a different by utilizing universal American construction fabrics and know-how. yet her research ultimately led her to examine many nonarchitectural rules and assets, for the hut exists either initially of and on the farthest fringe of structure, within the margins among what structure is and what it really is not.In the ensuing narrative, she blends autobiography, ancient learn, and cultural feedback to contemplate where that such buildings as shacks, teahouses, follies, casitas, and diners--simple, "undesigned" areas valued for his or her timelessness and authenticity--occupy from either a old and modern viewpoint. This publication is an unique and imaginitive try and reconsider structure by way of learning its boundary stipulations and formative structures.

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