Single-Family Housing: The Private Domain by Jaime Salazar and Manuel Gausa (Birkhäuser / ACTAR, 1999) takes an alternative look at individual housing and architectural design of private houses. The authors approach single-family housing as a laboratory for development in typology, form and the relation with the landscape.
The book explores the topic through theoretical analysis and an array of contemporary, experimental housing projects. The projects discussed include works by leading architects sculpture as Neil Dinari, Toshiaki Ishida, Lacaton & Vassal, MVRDV, Shigeru Ban, Ben van Berkeley, Foreign Office and many more. The text is in English, and the book is richly illustrated with photographs and architectural drawings.
This book is contextually linked to the earlier publication Housing: New Alternatives, New Systems by the same authors.
The issue of single-family housing is, paradoxically, where some of the more paradigmatic attempts at disciplinary renewal can be found; a scenario where many of the protectoral proposals intended to syntonize the organisation of space with a new understanding of the general cultural framework have, for the first time, been tried out and given material form. And probably because, despite everything, this continues to be the program that is more open to such still-emerging ideas – and to such professionals; where the cliché is accepted, along with risk-taking and innovation.
— Introduction in Single-Family Housing: The Private Domain
The copy in stock is in good condition. The pages are clean and tidy, but binding shows some early signs of fragility. There is some shelf wear on the covers and the remains of the previous owner’s sticker.