A sequal to "Xtreme Houses", this book steps inside today's coolest dwelling spaces to see how advances in technology and architectural creativity are transforming not just where we live but how we live. It shows how architects, artists, collectives and individuals push the envelope of what's innovative, eco-friendly and economical for today's residences. Houses that bring the outdoors in. Walls that roll up, zip and bend, "Smart" wallpaper, portable kitchen and bathroom combinations, calming closets and programmable safe rooms. The authors study the impact of computers and sensor technologies, investigate acessories borrowed from industrial and public spaces, rethink assumptions about a house's footprint and trace design shifts from rational to radical, square to open, box to blob.
Author: Courtenay Smith and Annette Ferrara