February 10, 2011

Contest: win a copy of "Narrow Houses"

The Princeton Architectural Press has generously donated 5 copies of Narrow Houses to be given away to our readers. There are two ways to enter the contest for a chance to win one of the books:
1) Email us your best architecture photograph: click here to email us!
2) You can "like" and then post your best architecture photograph on the wall of our facebook page: www.facebook.com/talkitect

Deadline: March 7th
Winners Announced: March 14th

Once the competition is closed we will chose the 5 best photographs and publish them on Talkitect.com. The authors of the photographs each get a copy of Narrow Houses. You can enter the contest once through email and once through Facebook. Please include your name and mailing address in your emails. For the facebook entires we will send you a message if you are chosen as a winner.

About the Book:
Narrow Houses: New Directions in Efficient Design
by Avi Friedman

Since the beginning of the housing boom of the 1950s, the size of the average North American house has steadily grown while the size of the average family has decreased. Today, a growing number of homebuyers seeking smaller, more efficient residential designs are rediscovering a centuries old housing prototype: the narrow house. Measuring twenty-five-feet wide or less, these "infill" or "skinny" houses, as they are often called, are on the rise in cities and suburbs around the world. The benefits of building small and narrow are numerous: greater land-use efficiency, less building material, fewer infrastructure costs, lower utility bills, and flexible layouts. This building type creates environmentally sensible houses that allow homeowners to live within their means. Narrow Houses presents a thorough overview of the practical considerations of designing a narrow-front home, including siting, floor arrangements, footprint, and interior and exterior finishing. The book documents twenty-eight innovative examples of narrow houses from around the world designed by today's foremost architects. Project data including floor plans and extensive interior and exterior photography demonstrate the inherent flexibility of this housing model and the many possibilities for adapting these homes to the constraints of site, climate, budget, family size, and other needs.

Thank you Princeton Architectural Press for generously donating the books.



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