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Outdoor Domesticity (ENG ED.)


On the Relationships between Trees, Architecture, and Inhabitants
Ricardo Devesa

The first part of this publication is to present a collection of exemplary five houses that evinced explicit relationships with preexisting trees. The five twentieth century projects are: La Casa (B. Rudofsky, 1969), Cottage Caesar (M. Breuer, 1951), Ville La Roche (Le Corbusier & P. Jeanneret, 1923), Villa Pepa (J. Navarro Baldeweg, 1994) and Hexenhaus (A. & P. Smithson, 1984-2002). The second part of the book is to contribute with three theoretical concerns for the contemporary project, those ones which are established in the process, with respect to time, place and outdoor domesticity in modern western housing.
One of these theoretical contributions establishes that any house located on a site finds a significant place in conjunction with the preexisting trees. The second contribution describes the effects in terms of time, in addition to spatial considerations, which trees can contribute to the architectural project. Finally, the establishment of these connections between architecture and trees enlarges the idea of the house: the tree serves to draw the surrounding environment into the house and, as a result, becomes an intrinsic part of the house itself.

With Contributions of 
María Teresa Muñoz (foreword), Iñaki Ábalos (afterword)

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Author: Ricardo Devesa
Editor: Erica Sogbe
Size: 13,5 x 21,5 cm./ 5.3 x 8.5 in.
Pages:  326
Illustrations: Color
Cover: Hardcover
Publication Date: January 2022
Published By: Actar Publishers
ISBN: English 9781948765718
Price: 32€/ $34.95/ £32

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Ricardo Devesa


The relationships of contiguity between houses and trees have existed since ancient times. However, at the end of the 19th century those links became explicit in the design process.


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