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XS Extreme

Big Ideas, Small Buildings

Phyllis Richardson

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A celebration of small but ingenious structures, largely created by young or little-known practices

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The third book in the highly successful XS series, XS Extreme considers buildings at the edge of possibility. Sited in remote locations, built to withstand wild climatic conditions, or conceptually daring or provocative, all the structures are original, innovative and instructive. Over forty projects are presented through accessible, witty texts, with plans, drawings and photographs. A reference section gives architect and project information.

Like its precedessors, XS Extreme offers striking new ideas at a human scale that will inspire anyone keen to improve the world we build around ourselves.

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'Anyone who is curious to know where we will live, work and play in the future will be intrigued by the innovative ideas presented in this compact hardback … a wonderfully uplifting survey'
Financial Times

'Visually engaging, fun and seriously challenging … the book design and graphic layout are of exceptional standard'
Art & Architecture Journal

'Small can be beautiful … could almost be used as a catalogue of exciting designers of the 21st century'

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Book Details

Format: PLC (no jacket)

Size: 18.0 x 17.0 cm

Extent: 224 pp

Publication date: 20 April 2009

ISBN: 9780500342510

Contents List

1 New and Improved: innovative materials and structural solutions 2 Art and Craft: when structure becomes sculpture 3 Scenic Routes: huts, pods and lookouts in remote landscapes 4 Off the Map: extreme climates and sites, and mobile structures 5 Radical Urban: small interventions that redefine the streetscape

About the Author

Phyllis Richardson has published numerous books on lifestyle, interiors and building, including multiple volumes of the ‘StyleCity’ travel series.