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The Grow Home [Paperback]

Avi Friedman

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Book Description

Oct. 11 2006
Internationally acclaimed architect, Avi Friedman recounts the genesis and development of his innovative project, the Grow Home. Like the auto industry's approach to the economy car, Friedman's Grow Home gives people what they need in a house at an affordable price - a quality product that allows both the perimeter and interior of a house to be expanded and changed to fit the space needs and budget of its owners. Frills are extra. In this illustrated guide, Friedman describes the conception of these modest (14" x 36") homes. He details their construction for prospective owners, builders, and architects and shows how the design has been adapted for prefabrication to meet the needs of the developing world. The "Grow Home" reveals the development and history of a concept that revolutionizes the home and building industry, has been translated into over 10,000 housing units, and has received, among many accolades, the United Nations World Habitat Award. A new preface to the paperback edition assesses the impact and development of the Grow Home since the first units were built in the 1990s.

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  • Paperback: 206 pages
  • Publisher: McGill-Queen's University Press; New edition edition (Oct. 11 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0773522042
  • ISBN-13: 978-0773522046
  • Product Dimensions: 21.5 x 21.5 x 1.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 363 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #563,592 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"The architectural equivalent of the Japanese compact car, without options like power steering or a tape deck." The New York Times "Affordable housing is one of those fuzzy ideas that everyone likes to support but few know how to actually create. One exception may be Avi Friedman." Designer/Builder: A Journal of the Human Environment "The Grow Home is a no-frills, quality townhouse that makes so much sense, it's destined to be a model of smart living." The Ottawa Citizen

About the Author

Avi Friedman is associate professor and director, Affordable Homes Program, McGill University. He received the Prix J.-Armand Bombardier for his Grow Home and Next Home innovations.

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4.0 out of 5 stars A good book about small housing March 11 2009
By Mortone - Published on Amazon.com
This book is a good book about row, or town houses. It is not a picture, or one with a lot of plans and details. However, what plans and drawings that are present, and there are many are supported by the text that is worth reading. The book presents a frame work of how one might look at the issues of housing in general, and town houses in particular.

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