/ 25 July 2008

John Dwyer is an amazing architect who cares deeply about appropriate technologies and design solutions. He writes about the “shotgun” house in Louisiana, in ways I’d never considered before, and which makes an interesting point about social production in architecture:

as I peruse the "green" solutions of late by the "world's greatest architects", none of them come close to the shotgun; a home made almost entirely of recycled materials with a 100% passive heating and cooling system. Today, their beauty is so valued, that the city rigorously reviews almost any proposition to even alter, much less demolish, a single one. It was designed by a social network, using social production, based on vernacular architecture, and in response to a real economic problem. This, in my humble opinion, is the true power and necessary future of design.