Good things come in small packages, and this book – more diminutive than other architecture tomes – is no exception. It focuses on both the relationship between the “dwelling and the land” and day-to-day architecture, and critique is interwoven with personal insights from the authors – two directors at Studio KAP. The conversational writing style and humour draw readers in and make the more abstract concepts accessible to a range of audiences. Reference images, photography, sketches and drawings illustrate the anecdotes and examples. Both cautionary and encouraging, Dwelling with Architecture poses questions and suggests solutions not just for “humanity’s most frequent and fundamental act of building” but the practice as a whole.
Roderick Kemsley and Christopher Platt, Routledge, 2012, pp 236, rrp $69.00