A House and its Atmosphere

Littlefield, D. 2020. A House and its Atmosphere. Home cultures: The Journal of Architecture, Design and Domestic Space. 17 (3), pp. 233-237. https://doi.org/10.1080/17406315.2020.1954401

TitleA House and its Atmosphere
TypeBook review
AuthorsLittlefield, D.
Abstract

Book review of "A House and its Atmosphere" by Ben Jacks. David Littlefield considers this work and highlights key learning. This is not really a book about the construction of a house; rather, it’s about the idea of creating a home. Towards the end of the book, where he really begins to address the idea of atmosphere promised in the title. At the very end, having described the process of collecting driftwood to paint with his children, Jacks declares the house finished – the “house without history” [ could begin the process of being the repository for memories, as well as becoming the place from which further projects could be day-dreamed. Jacks’ book concerns house-as-process; design and construction are merely two phases within a much larger phenomenological field which encompasses what it really means, in that Heideggerian sense, to dwell somewhere.

KeywordsHouse
home
dwelling
design
construction
process
site
JournalHome cultures: The Journal of Architecture, Design and Domestic Space
Journal citation17 (3), pp. 233-237
ISSN1740-6315
1751-7427
Year2020
PublisherTaylor & Francis
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1080/17406315.2020.1954401
Web address (URL)https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/17406315.2020.1954401
Publication dates
Published online14 Oct 2021
Published in print2020

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