Total Singular Housing: Global Domesticity, Resource-Enhanced, Docile Indoors and Colonized Outdoors

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9781940291109: Total Singular Housing: Global Domesticity, Resource-Enhanced, Docile Indoors and Colonized Outdoors

The single-family house, the jewel of the crown of architecture since 19th century, constitutes a fine and subtle transmissor and detector of changes--by adopting the formal, technical and theorical advances in architecture, but also by being responsive to the social and cultural changes of the times.
The house incorporates and reacts to the mutations imposed by the globalization, the spread of the new technologies and the environmental, social and financial crisis from the 21st century. In contraposition to the globalization, a new approach arises to recover the traditional and ancient building knowledge. In contraposition to the single-family house for the highest socialclasses, comes that from lower classes, with tight budgets, who do not want to give up their domestic dreams.
Seemingly, in contraposition to an interior-oriented habitat, the house opens itself to the exterior and to the landscape. And lastly, in contraposition to the environmental carelessness, the house seeks and demands a low environmental footprint. The postmodern house, exuberant, full of useless devices, becomes obsolete; a more sustainable, inexpensive home (but at the same time vibrant,
intrepid and evolved) is preferred today.
Projects by: MVRDV, Sou Fujimoto, OFFICE KGDVS, Tato Architects, CLOUD 9, Andres Jaque, Adjaye, Lacaton&Vassal, Pezo Von Ellrichshausen, Rural Studio, LOHA, Amunt Architects among others.

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Selection of houses from the 21st century. New houses in response to new needs.

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Ricardo Devesa received his degree in architecture from the Valencia School of Architecture (1999). He holds a PhD from Barcelona Tech University (2012) for his dissertation Houses & Trees. He is currently an editor-in-chief at Actar Publishers and an associate professor at the Barcelona School of Architecture of Barcelona (ETSAB). He also teaches at the Elisava School of Design, and the Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia (IaaC). He served as a member of the editorial staff of the magazine Quaderns d'Arquitectura i Urbanisme (1997-1999), and was a member of the editorial board for the magazine Basa, (2004-2008). He is co-editor of Otra mirada. Posiciones contra crónicas. La acción crítica como reactivo en la arquitectura española reciente (Gustavo Gili, 2010), as well as the Barcelona Modern Architecture Guide (Actar Publishers, 2013).

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