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[Home: A Short History of an Idea] >> Witold Rybczynski Walk through five centuries of homes both great and small from the smoke filled manor halls of the Middle Ages to today s Ralph Lauren designed environments on a house tour like no other, one that delightfully explicates the very idea of home You ll see how social and cultural changes influenced styles of decoration and furnishing, learn the connection between wall hunWalk through five centuries of homes both great and small from the smoke filled manor halls of the Middle Ages to today s Ralph Lauren designed environments on a house tour like no other, one that delightfully explicates the very idea of home You ll see how social and cultural changes influenced styles of decoration and furnishing, learn the connection between wall hung religious tapestries and wall to wall carpeting, discover how some of our most welcome luxuries were born of architectural necessity, and much Most of all, Home opens a rare window into our private lives and how we really want to live.
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  • Title: Home: A Short History of an Idea
  • Author: Witold Rybczynski
  • ISBN: 9780140102314
  • Page: 243
  • Format: Paperback
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    About the Author

    Witold Rybczynski

    Witold Rybczynski was born in Edinburgh, of Polish parentage, raised in London, and attended Jesuit schools in England and Canada He studied architecture at McGill University in Montreal, where he also taught for twenty years He is currently the Martin and Margy Meyerson Professor of Urbanism at the University of Pennsylvania, where he also co edits the Wharton Real Estate Review Rybczynski has designed and built houses as a registered architect, as well as doing practical experiments in low cost housing, which took him to Mexico, Nigeria, India, the Philippines, and China From witoldrybczynski

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    • Tucker said:
      Aug 05, 2020 - 05:08 AM

      Examines the European American evolution of the cultural concepts of privacy, comfort, and the intersection of form and function I d group this book as informative to ecopsychology, although the author, writing in the mid 1980s, didn t use the term.The author admits that comfort is an invention a cultural artifice Like all cultural ideas childhood, family, gender it has a past, and it cannot be understood without reference to its specific history One dimensional, technical definitions of comfort [...]

    • Erika RS said:
      Aug 05, 2020 - 05:08 AM

      This book examines how the ideas of home and comfort and domesticity came into being and changed over the years and the relation of these ideas to technology in the home For the most part, the book covers the period from the middle ages to the present It is the author s claim that during this period, the home as an idea rather than a shelter came into being.During the middle ages, homes contained many people who were only tenuously connected A person s livelihood was based out of the same buildi [...]

    • Diana said:
      Aug 05, 2020 - 05:08 AM

      Read for NonfictionNovember2017 Home ChallengeThis was an ok read Parts of the books seemed to be disjointed and jumped around to different subjects It was also focused a bit on architecture than I usually enjoy reading about I did learn a few interesting things from it however.

    • Nick Rudzicz said:
      Aug 05, 2020 - 05:08 AM

      1 The Middle Ages not only produced illuminated books, but also eyeglasses, not only the cathedral, but also the coal mine Revolutionary changes occurred in both primary industry and manufacturing The first recorded instance of mass production of horseshoes occurred during the Middle Ages Between the tenth and the thirteenth century, a technological boom produced the mechanical clock, the suction pump, the horizontal loom, the waterwheel, the windmill, and even, on both shores of the English Cha [...]

    • Vasha7 said:
      Aug 05, 2020 - 05:08 AM

      This is a short book, written in a style as comfortable as its subject matter I m sure that Rybczynski is not the first person to have written on this subject nonetheless, it s good to have a work for a popular audience that covers the deceptively simple seeming idea what is hominess Although I knew in the abstract that the ways people use their living spaces has changed, still, I was surprised by having the development of privacy, intimacy, and domesticity pointed out Rybczynski s treatment of [...]

    • Mary Catelli said:
      Aug 05, 2020 - 05:08 AM

      A tracing of how our modern ideas of comfort came about.Starts with a discussion of medieval homes and monasteries, including medieval inventions of furniture the first drawers were used by the Church Life in the Dutch Golden Age and genre painting, showing their homes, and the women in them because for the first time the home really was becoming the woman s sphere, on account of the men starting to have places of business elsewhere The court of the Sun King and the evolution of chairs, which ar [...]

    • Laura said:
      Aug 05, 2020 - 05:08 AM

      The notion that what is artless must be better than what is not requires a precarious leap in reasoning, but for all that it carries great weight It is a shallow conceit A little reflection shows that all human culture is artificial, cooking no less than music, furniture no less than painting Why prepare time consuming sauces when a raw fruit would suffice Why bother with musical instruments when the voice is pleasant enough Why paint pictures when looking at nature is satisfying Why sit up when [...]

    • Shira and Ari Evergreen said:
      Aug 05, 2020 - 05:08 AM

      This book offers a fascinating and incredibly detailed account of European and American developments in comfort, home as a concept , house architecture, ventilation, plumbing, and other domestic technologies and cultural affectations I really loved the many anecdotes and historical tidbits my brain is now full of fun new facts and a deeper understanding when I look at houses and furniture.The only thing this book lacks is an awareness of the narrowness of its scope it consistently ignores its Eu [...]

    • Adamstrohm said:
      Aug 05, 2020 - 05:08 AM

      I m a fan of Rybczynski s architecture writing in Slate, so I figured I d check this out A history of the home as it has been defined over the centuries, this book not only builds a cohesive arc from the middle ages to the 1980s, it is brimming with all sorts of historical facts and antidotes that, at times, can be interestingthat Rybczynski s overall point As the book reaches its final chapters, Rybczynski begins to make some critical statements, mainly in terms of the lack of architectual at [...]

    • Jenifer said:
      Aug 05, 2020 - 05:08 AM

      Starting in the 1500 s and moving pretty quickly forward, the author explores how and when the idea of comfort in the home became possible and came about This was pretty interesting to me, but Rybczynski is no Malcom Gladwell The subject matter is thoroughly researched and well presented, but not a lot of fun Also, there are a lot of paragraphs about chairs And later there are a bunch Paragraphs about chairs the author stated at the beginning that this is not an interior design book, and it was [...]

    • Tristan Bridges said:
      Aug 05, 2020 - 05:08 AM

      My dad recommended this book to me It was written a while ago, but it s a fascinating look at how the concept of home emerged throughout architectural history It has a Eurocentric bias, but it s a really astounding amount of information and it s written extremely well Rybcyznski makes you really care about furniture and why it changed and when He does a great job illustrating how homes transformed as the people living in them changed So, for instance, chairs began to be designed for comfort rath [...]

    • JFN said:
      Aug 05, 2020 - 05:08 AM

      I read this book on the recommendation of my partner who said that this, along with one other, were the two books that have most influenced his thinking Considering that and a writing project Im working on related to the topic, I figured I d better read this And I m so glad I did.I ve read Rybczynski before and knew his prose was fluid and flawless, so that was no surprise What has been a surprise, I guess, is how much this book has stayed in my thoughts in the weeks since I began reading it and [...]

    • Amy Beth said:
      Aug 05, 2020 - 05:08 AM

      Really great history of the development of the idea of home I was fascinated by the emotional development across time One of the best chapters was on the Dutch and how much their culture has influenced our ideas on privacy and simplicity I also loved the discussion of chairs and what makes a comfortable chairs the 18th c French perfected the design and it has never been improved on The one idea I did not hear was the acknowledgment of how the imperfect can make home even dear At the end he give [...]

    • Jennifer said:
      Aug 05, 2020 - 05:08 AM

      As usual, Rybczynski manages to give an intelligent overview of a scholarly subject without oversimplifying Includes a good, reasoned riposte against modern furniture that is aesthetically pleasing but uncomfortable, though it s a bit dated I would like to see an updated version that considers household technology scholarship that came after this book s initial publication, like Susan Strasser s works and Ruth Schwartz Cowan s More Work for Mother It would also be interesting to see him include [...]

    • Stephanie said:
      Aug 05, 2020 - 05:08 AM

      An interesting study of how the idea of the Western home has evolved over time It is largely focused on Europe and the United States I especially appreciated the part about Catherine Beecher and her contemporaries, applying management principles to the design and function of the home they predate Susanka s The Not So Big House by over 100 years There was also some interesting gender stuff in there about how when women really were the mistress of their domain the home , the home was set up in a w [...]

    • Mellen said:
      Aug 05, 2020 - 05:08 AM

      This book is a historical review of the concept of home and related concepts such as comfort and privacy in the western world I loved reading this book Many times while reading it I turned to my husband and said, Did you know that For example, the first most popular electrical device after lighting An electric iron Another at the turn of the century water powered home appliances were available including vacuum cleaners This book made me think about the way my house is constructed and how it alig [...]

    • John said:
      Aug 05, 2020 - 05:08 AM

      Good overview of what has constituted the home in the west over the past few hundred years Strong point is that it doesn t get too deep in the weeds, which could have been possible if handled differently Oddly enough, the modern sections seemed to have that issue than the earlier sections Definitely recommended Audio narration a solid fit for the material.

    • Christina "6 word reviewer" Lake said:
      Aug 05, 2020 - 05:08 AM

      Original thinking Flanders shamelessly rips off

    • Terry Kearns said:
      Aug 05, 2020 - 05:08 AM

      I m finding it to be a page turner I see the paintings, the antiques, the design magazines I never really thought of how these things came to be You mean we didn t always have nice chairs Really

    • Isabel Chavier-Geist said:
      Aug 05, 2020 - 05:08 AM

      I LOVE this book One of my all time favorites I re read it regularly for inspiration and comfort.

    • Nick said:
      Aug 05, 2020 - 05:08 AM

      Excellent look at what appear to be very basic concepts home, domesticity, and comfort This author never disappoints.

    • Rj said:
      Aug 05, 2020 - 05:08 AM

      Rybczynski s book looks at the history of the idea of home Tracing the concept back to the middle ages he analyzes how it changed over time reflecting larger cultural ideas An important book for anyone interested in houses and homes This acute awareness of tradition is a modern phenomenon that reflects a desire for custom and routine in a wold characterized by constant change and innovation Reverence for the past has become so strong that when traditions do not exist, the are frequently invented [...]

    • Dave Courtney said:
      Aug 05, 2020 - 05:08 AM

      This is a book about the development of the home on a historical level More than this, it examines the nature of a home from outside of simply an industrialized form by looking at it from the perspective of comfort , the definition of which forms Rybczynski s essential thesis If home is primarily about comfort , then how do we define comfort in light of history and its present function and understanding which the author would insist hasn t changed much What Rybczynski ultimately hopes to show in [...]

    • Alex Jeffries said:
      Aug 05, 2020 - 05:08 AM

      Comfort is that condition in which discomfort has been avoided I didn t know what I was getting myself into with this book Ostensibly, I wanted a book about homes as research for a building related writing project What I got was a wonderful look at the evolution of homes, and their function, and the idea of comfort, over centuries The book is filled with fun trivia the origin of spring cleaning , for sure, but its spine is a great theory about how we ve come to live in homes as we know it, inclu [...]

    • Ken Mitchell said:
      Aug 05, 2020 - 05:08 AM

      I find the subject of Home fascinating so this was right up my alley The writing is coherent and the chapters flow well one to the other as they build to his major point If you are interested in history and architecture including interior design, take the time to read through it If not, just read the last chapter, it sums it up very well Note this book was written 3o years ago therefore some of the modern trends are not considered.

    • Josephine Ensign said:
      Aug 05, 2020 - 05:08 AM

      By far the most interesting chapter in this book is Intimacy and Privacy which traces in very broad stroked ways the evolution of homes and home life in Europe I do wonder though how historically accurate many of his statements are and I fell asleep quite often while trying to finish reading the rest of the book chairs and Ralph Lauren and home furnishings are not among my fetishes.

    • Edgar said:
      Aug 05, 2020 - 05:08 AM

      I appreciate that someone i.e the author of this book and the authors whose work he cites took the time to research how the Western home has evolved from the Middle Ages to Today This book is very academic, but at its heart it investigates something very essential to our being what makes a house a home Recommend.

    • Paul Cloutier said:
      Aug 05, 2020 - 05:08 AM

      A great history of the home Though this was written first it is a good companion to bill Bryson s book At Home It covers how the house evolves over the years and even our psychology has evolved with it.

    • Barbara said:
      Aug 05, 2020 - 05:08 AM

      Interesting overview of the evolution of home decor and the concept of comfort Quite western in bias with very little reference to any other cultures beyond Europe and America.

    • Emily Henry said:
      Aug 05, 2020 - 05:08 AM

      Loved this history of the concept of home I found it very interesting.

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