|Re: dilemmas in choosing materials||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Hans Tilstra (tilstrasmartchat.net.au)|
|Date: Thu, 25 May 2000 17:49:31 -0600 (MDT)|
- Chris Hanson's Cohousing Handbook points out how non-conventional materials reduce affordability, as the engineer, the architect, the builder, the supplier, the insurer spend more time figuring out how to work with this new material. - Charles Woods' Designing your Natural House makes a well-illustrated point of being true to the material, again supporting whatever material is most readily available in the context. - Stewart Brand's How Buildings Learn: What Happens After They Are Built comes out in support of steel roofs. There are ample examples of really ugly buildings (eg. here in Melbourne, those built just after WW2) where is shows how expensive it can be to ignore multiple criteria. Should we design houses a temporary footsteps in the sand or as 'here to stay', non-biodegrable designs as is often done in Europe? Hans www.vicnet.net.au/~cohouse imagination is the voice of daring
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