The Sheltermaker's Manual Volume 1, Peter (2013)
When architect Peter Cowman dreamed up his groundbreaking Be Your Own Architect concept, he quickly discovered that his university education had neglected to teach him the rudiments of house design. Realising that people had always practised a 'vernacular' architecture, he set out to revive this tradition.
Vernacular styles of building are characterised by their simplicity, by their use of local materials, and by the ease with which they can be constructed. The knowledge required for their creation was long regarded as being common knowledge and freely available to all.
Information on how to create vernacular architecture has been forgotten due to the oral nature of tradition. While there are many books which detail aspects of house design, instruction on how to use this wealth of information is virtually non-existent.
In this innovative and supremely practical manual, Peter Cowman articulates what can be described as the secrets of vernacular architecture, or, as he calls it, 'sheltermaking'.
With its emphasis on the positive, the practical, and the affordable, The Sheltermaker's Manual articulates a proven design methodology for the creation of versatile and meaningful designs suited to the modern world, information which can be applied to new and existing buildings in whatever part of the world you happen to live.
Table of contents for volume 1:
2. The brief for your sheltermaking
4. Drawings and models
5. Space mock-ups
7. Structure - understanding structure
8. Environment - understanding environment
9. Heating and ventilation
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