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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (452 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Witold Rybczynski Narrator: Wanda McCaddo Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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In this illuminating book, Witold Rybczynski walks us through five centuries of homes both great and small, from the smoke-filled manor halls of the Middle Ages to the Ralph Lauren–designed environments of today. 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 more.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Serena | 2/8/2014

    " An absolutely brilliant book that I return to read (in sections) regularly. By learning how we use our houses, we can learn more about who we are. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Gabriela | 2/6/2014

    " Will never look at my Kandinsky chairs the same way again. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Zguba Salemenska | 1/30/2014

    " A wonderful explanation of why your house looks the way it does. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Amanda Kennedy | 1/28/2014

    " This is a study of the evolution of the concept of the home as it moved through Dutch and British cultures into modern American society. Reading this book was the first step towards my decision to enter urban planning. "

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About the Author

Witold Rybczynski has written about architecture for the New York Times, Time, Atlantic, the New Yorker, and Slate, and is the author of the award-winning A Clearing in the Distance. He is the recipient of the National Building Museum’s 2007 Vincent Scully Prize. He lives with his wife in Philadelphia, where he teaches at the University of Pennsylvania School of Design.