Blog pick :: Archidose
By: Phil Reville, M.Arch Candidate
A Daily Dose of Architecture (Archidose) is simply one man’s architectural musings and reflections. From book reviews to project features, creator John Hill has put together a website devoted to all things architecture. The simple blogspot website is newsfeed-formatted, but also has links to two of his other blogs, Unpacking My Library and Slat Happy, as well as links to his social media pages. At the top of the page, Hill has a constantly updated World Architects - Daily News feed that directly links you to http://www.world-architects.com/en, where he is often featured. While directly visiting sites like World-Architects provide more context and in-depth investigations into the projects you’re viewing, I appreciate the image stream laid out by Hill in Archidose for its simplicity and his curatorial eye. Archidose always has links alongside posts, but sometimes, pictures are really all you need.
While obviously geared toward architects, given the voluminous technical advice in its pages, Solid Wood is hardly an esoteric read. Following an introductory section where Mayo gives a short history of building in wood, speaks about the carbon-sequestering benefits of mass timber construction, details various solid wood materials and concepts, and addresses concerns of building with wood (structure, fire, etc.), he then presents the case studies in eight geographical chapters: England, Norway, Sweden, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, North America, and New Zealand and Australia. For each case study he clearly describes each project's details, aided by numerous illustrations: photographs of the completed buildings, construction photographs, floor plans, detail drawings, and diagrams. Too many books limit themselves to the first (glossy photos of finished buildings), so Solid Wood is a valuable book for architects interested in designing with wood.
The full interview discusses many of the projects reviewed in the book as well as several accompanying images. While this book review was featured on World-Architects, his book reviews are often featured on other sites or directly on Archidose.