11 August 2011

Ken Isaacs

How To Build Your Own Living Structures explains on how to build furniture, small houses and even vehicles using basic tools and materials. It's a DIY architectural manual created by American architect Ken Isaacs from 1974.

"This book is a beautiful guide about how to make a variety of flexible experimental indoor interiors, storage units, and a microhouse. The microhouse is a flexible creation of architect, Ken Isaacs. The modular design is based on stacked tetrahedrons, which can be moved in and around each other providing shelter and dividing living space in a creative way. The book gives you step-by-step instructions with plans for many different versions of Isaac’s original designs interspersed with ideas about simplicity, and getting rid of our personal possessions. The book is type written and spiral round in a nice Do-It-Yourself aesthetic, and Isaacs writes in a genial manner as if he were sitting across the table from you. He muses on the philosophical meanings of surplus and uses the designs as a means of addressing life as whole; a simple place to raise a family and house extended family that has a low impact on the surrounding natural environment – by the The Library of Radiant Optimism for Let’s Re-Make the World". See more;

You can download the pdf version here.

The following video is a documentary made by dwell Magazine which shows how the architect Ken Isaacs reflects on the innovative projects that defined his career, from the Shoebox House to the Knowledge Box.