Homework by Lloyd Khan

Homework by Lloyd Khan

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Maxwell Ryan
Feb 2, 2005

SuperCool. We blogged the arrival of this book months ago, but only had a chance to get our hands on one this past weekend. If you love houses, home design, remote locations, funky solutions, doing-it-yourself and lots and lots of photographs, this is pure manna from heaven.

Lloyd Khan, who was the shelter editor of the Whole Earth Catalog, put together a book called Shelter over 25 years ago that inspired people all around the globe to build their own homes.

Now, years later, Homework ($18) is his follow up. With over 1,000 photos and stories of people building and living in their own houses, he has created a virtual encyclopedia of hand built homes. He has also documented the work of people who were inspired by his first book.

Here are his words:

What's happened in the quarter-century since Shelter?

I've been gathering materials for about 25 years, including photo trips to various parts of the country and other parts of the world and it's amazing what has been going on out there, totally neglected by all the media.

I've got a bridge builder from the Alleghanies who is building pre-fab bamboo houses in a Caribbean town in Costa Rica; he has local farmers growing the timber bamboo. He also built his own log cabin in upstate New York, which is now the Pollywog Holler B&B. There's the woman who built her own house in Northern California, planted a vineyard, makes wine, drives a tractor and has a '60 Chevy pickup truck...

Run, don't walk. MGR

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