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Library Journal Review
Japanese photographer Komatsu, assisted by his wife, Eiko, has spent many years traveling and documenting homes and other structures made in traditional ways-from multistory earthen houses in Yemen to thatched villages in the Philippines. The result is a colorful, visually hypnotic compilation of detailed exterior and interior images. Athena and Bill Steen (The Straw Bale House) contribute an introduction and short commentaries for each section. Early chapters cover the various techniques and materials, including earth, clay, or mud molded, rammed, daubed, plastered, or made into blocks; stone cobbles or blocks fitted together or mortared; bamboo, reeds, thatch, and palm leaves; wood poles, plank construction, and shingles; and antiseptic lime coatings. Later chapters illustrate homes that float or are carved into the earth, as well as streets, entryways, windows, and embellishments. The book ends rather abruptly without a concluding chapter. Some readers, however, will come away with insights about potential modern applications. All readers should gain renewed respect for human ingenuity after seeing so many unforgettable images of people proudly showing off their humble homes, granaries, and even places of worship that they built themselves. Recommended for all public libraries.-Anne Marie Lane, Univ. of Wyoming, Laramie (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Publishers Weekly Review
From elaborate bamboo structures in Sumba, Indonesia, to houses carved out of volcanic rock in Cappadocia, Turkey, and homes made from earth-block in Chipaya, Bolivia, Japanese photographer Yoshio Komatsu (assisted by spouse Eiko) has traveled the world photographing vernacular structures. The Steens (The Straw Bale House) provide captions and notes on construction techniques in stone, reeds and many other materials. With more than 700 full-color photos in an 8" x 9" format, the book takes readers to Ethiopia, Iran, Japan, Spain, Venezuela and many other places. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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Bill and Athena Steen are the authors of Built by Hand, The Straw Bale House, and The Beauty of Straw Bale Houses. They are heavily involved in their non-profit organization, The Canelo Project. Committed to developing and educating others about simple and sustainable living, they regularly teach workshops on straw bale building and artistry with clay and lime. They live in Arizona Bill and Athena Steen are the authors of Built by Hand, The Straw Bale House, and The Beauty of Straw Bale Houses. They are heavily involved in their non-profit organization, The Canelo Project. Committed to developing and educating others about simple and sustainable living, they regularly teach workshops on straw bale building and artistry with clay and lime. They live in Arizona Eiko Komatsu lives and wroks with her husband Yoshio, in Tokyo, Japan.