“Unlike any other art form, a garden is designed for the future, and for future generations.” – Roberto Burle Marx.
Roberto Burle Marx was one of the most influential landscape architectures of the 21st century although he surprisingly never gained significant notoriety outside of his home country, Brazil. He even often collaborated on large projects with Oscar Niemeyer.
How To Build Your Own Living Structures is an out-of-print manual (PDF available here) by Ken Isaacs, who is known for an architectural career of radically deconstructing conventional notions of modernism. The DIY guide consists of a series of his Living Structures, all hand-made and affordable furniture and architectural units, that provide multifunctional use which challenged the way people work and live within their own homes and environments. The spatial requirements for the Living Structures are that they are larger than furniture yet smaller than architecture.
“Put traditional, separate pieces of furniture in a tiny shelter and you have a shack, uncleanable, crowded and impossible to live in. The old ideas of furniture have always interfered with the development of truly compact, ecologically correct homes." – Ken Isaacs
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