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Book signing and slide show for "Handmade Houses" with author Richard Olsen and photographers Lucy Goodhart and Kodiak Greenwood.

Henry Miller Memorial Library

Saturday, June 23, 2012 from 8:00 PM to 10:00 PM (PDT)


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"Handmade Houses" is a new book that examines a century of Earth-friendly home designs.

Richard Olsen's book looks at the roots of the "green" architecture movement and profiles incredible dwellings from around the globe, including - yep - Big Sur. (In fact, our boss's home is in the book.)

Photography by photographers: Lucy Goodhart and Kodiak Greenwood.
To start at 8pm, with a discussion of the book with the author, with a slideshow of beautiful pictures from the book as well as supplementary photos to follow when it is dark.  Q&A with the author and photographer Lucy Goodhart after this.
Coffee & tea.
Copies of the book available for sale at the event.
“The book is beautiful, informative, and beguiling. What Richard Olsen has assembled is an attractive and engaging book, suitable for coffee table, bookshelf, or drawing board. Through interviews, research, and the collaboration of his photographers Lucy Goodhart and Kodiak Greenwood, he has created a beautifully tactile storybook about a passion to build.”—Gordon S. Grice, New York Journal of Books

“Today we experience increasingly standardized and commodified homes and lives. In this beautifully written and illustrated book, Richard Olsen shows us another way—a path toward beauty and comfort in harmony with nature.”—  Sim Van der Ryn, Emeritus Professor of Architecture, College of Environmental Design, UC Berkeley and former California State Architect

“This tale is a lot more than hippies and hot tubs.... Olsen provides a thorough history of the owner-built, woodbutcher movement from places like Big Sur, California, and Prickly Mountain, Vermont. And he addresses the sources of handcraft construction: Buddhist architecture of Japan, Norwegians cabins, Sea Ranch in California, Gaudi, Maybeck, and Jung, to name a few). Works from Europe and Australia provide an international context.”—William Morgan, Architectural Record 

“Handmade Houses gives a rich overview of both the imagined and tangible world of building.  Its spirit of optimism and enthusiasm echoes that of the 1960s when art and craft were one, and closely linked to social and political issues.  Richard Olsen shows that it is once again a relevant partner in our society’s search for meaning.” —James Hubbell, Artist

About Richard Olsen:  

Working as an editor, Richard spent a decade conceiving and shaping books on residential design for others. His credits include Treehouses of the WorldLiving Large in Small Spaces,The Abrams Guide to American House StylesThe Abrams Guide to Period Styles for Interiors,Craftsman Style, Bungalow NationAmerican Country Churches, and Cottages by the Sea: The Handmade Homes of Carmel, America's First Artist Community. He is the author of Log Houses of the World and a co-author of Malibu: A Century of Living by the Sea. Most recently, Olsen was the senior editor in charge of architecture for Architectural Digest. He lives in California.

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Henry MIller Memorial Library
48603 Hwy 1
BIG SUR, CA 93920

Saturday, June 23, 2012 from 8:00 PM to 10:00 PM (PDT)

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Henry Miller Memorial Library

The Henry Miller Memorial Library is a a public benefit, non-profit 501 (c) 3 organization championing the literary, artistic and cultural contributions of the late writer, artist, and Big Sur resident Henry Miller.

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