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The Good Life: A Guided Visit to the Houses of Modernity

Inaki Abalos



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Park Books
15 September 2017
Architecture; Theory of architecture; Architectural structure & design; Houses, apartments, flats, units
With his book The Good Life, Inaki Abalos takes the reader on a tour of seven iconic 20th-century houses. Some of them were actually built, others merely imagined or film sets: Mies van der Rohe's House with Three Patios, Martin Heidegger's cabin in the Black Forest, the houses from Jacques Tati's movie Mon Oncle, Picasso's house in Cannes, the New York loft of Andy Warhol and the Factory, the self-build house from Buster Keaton's movie One Week, the house in David Hockney's painting A Bigger Splash. Abalos's selection represents a variety of concepts for living. It is based on a clear archetypal assignment of a place to a particular modern way of living. He analyses each house from key philosophical points of view. He demonstrates relations between architectural concepts, philosophical schools, and various approaches to planning and designing, constructing, and inhabiting a space. Abalos offers an intellectual introduction to these icons, rather than a manual for the design of residential architecture. He focuses on the 20th-century's radical pluralism, rather than celebrating modernism as a triumph of positivism. This new and revised edition of this book, first published in 2001 by Gustavo Gili and out of print for many years now, makes the significant contribution to the perennial discourse on concepts of living available again.
By:   Inaki Abalos
Imprint:   Park Books
Country of Publication:   Switzerland
Dimensions:   Height: 210mm,  Width: 155mm, 
ISBN:   9783038600510
ISBN 10:   3038600512
Pages:   256
Publication Date:   15 September 2017
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Inaki Abalos is co-director of Abalos+Sentkiewicz Arquitectos. He is also a Professor of Architectural Design and director of the Laboratorio de Tecnicas y Paisajes Contemporaneos (LTPC) at ETSAM since 2002 and Professor-in-Residence at Harvard Graduate School of Design since 2012.

Reviews for The Good Life: A Guided Visit to the Houses of Modernity

A man's home may be his castle, but whether that castle is an old farmhouse, a glass hut, or a compact unit will determine the kind of king he is. I aki balos's The Good Life tours dwellings real and imagined. . . .What matters most to balos is the kind of inhabitant, and philosophy, that each one implies. --Harper's

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