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CAIRO BOOKS's Description
Residential design provides a rich testing ground for architectural
innovation. Intimate scales and specific programs inspire distinctive homes,
and comparatively small budgets are catalysts for exploring nontraditional
materials. Modern Shoestring proves that building a contemporary house can be
affordable and shows how constraints actually stimulate the most creative
Eighteen residential projects are presented, with emphasis on the goals of the
owners, the site, and the cost in the design process. Collections determine
floor plans, observatories are built for starry rural nights, and found and
industrial materials such as highway construction remnants, laboratory
counters, plastic water bottles, and discarded chalkboards keep costs low while
imbuing structures with character. These ingenious designs range in cost from
$50 to $220 per square foot and represent geographical settings from Los
Angeles to Anchorage to East Hampton.