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Architecture of Place

review of Architecture Without Architects by Bernard Rudofsky
for Timber Framing Journal, Issue 113 [September 2014]
Edited by: Kenneth Rower

Pdf sent upon request


Architecture without Architects carries a certain narrative within, if not a literary one. There is not much text in the book, only brief (if dense and witty) legends to explain the extraordinary photographs that already tell their own story. In a lengthy illustrated preface, Rudofsky explains the idea of vernacular architecture not as a regulated discipline of design, but as an act that fulfills the instincts to provide a roof over one’s head, define boundaries of a community or explore the realm of what is beyond the human scale. He proposes that “the philosophy and know-how of the anonymous builders present the largest untapped source of architectural inspiration for industrial man.”