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Max Jacobson, founding partner in the internationally respected California firm JSWD Architects, has been practicing architecture for almost 40 years. Co-author of A Pattern Language and Patterns of Home (the latter published by The Taunton Press), Max has been a lecturer at the University of California, Berkeley and is currently Instructor of Architecture at Diablo Valley College in California.



Silverstein is an internationally respected architect. Winslow is a former elementary school teacher in the Alaska Bush.

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"The advice contained in this thoughtful book is both insightful and practical, but the range of beautifully designed houses that illustrate "Patterns of Home" is a real treat."
--Witold Rybczynski, author of "Home" and "The Look of Architecture"
""Patterns of Home" gives back to the homeowner the tools to make a house a truly wonderful place to live."
--Sarah Susanka, author of "The Not So Big House" and "Home by Design"

"The advice contained in this thoughtful book is both insightful and practical, but the range of beautifully designed houses that illustrate "Patterns of Home" is a real treat."
--Witold Rybczynski, author of "Home" and "The Look of Architecture"
""Patterns of Home" gives back to the homeowner the tools to make a house a truly wonderful place to live."
--Sarah Susanka, author of "The Not So Big House" and "Home by Design"

Why are some houses such a pleasure to visit or inhabit? This spin-off from A Pattern Language, which has been a design resource for decades, successfully answers that question. California architects Jacobson and Murray Silverstein helped coauthor A Pattern Language, and with partner Barbara Winslow they have chosen ten principles or patterns of house design that they consider most important (and which serve as chapter heads): "Inhabiting the Site," "Creating Rooms," "Sheltering Roof," "Capturing Light," "Parts in Proportion," "Flow Through Rooms," "Private Edges, Common Core," "Refuge and Outlook," "Places in Between," and "Composing with Materials." Each pattern is illustrated with sketches and photographs, as the authors provide beautiful examples of 33 homes by various U.S. architects or designers, mostly in the western United States. The well-organized text and layout combine with the 410 outstanding color photographs and 155 black-and-white illustrations to help the reader visualize these patterns in practice. Highly recommended for public libraries and libraries supporting architecture courses.-David R. Conn, Surrey P.L., BC Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.

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