Four walls protecting from all that is wild outside, the sloping roof shedding the rain and sw, the chimney with smoke indicating the warmth within-these simple elements are all we need to establish the concept of 'house' in anyone's mind. From America to Japan or from Finland to Africa, the essence of dwelling is the same. . . . The Book of the Hut is about primal dwelling and the essence of shelter as seen through the lenses of early shelter traditions, mythology, poetry, fairy tales, children's drawings, and play huts. But, above all, it is about how we can incorporate an understanding of the hut into modern shelters, creating houses that enable us to live lightly on the earth, in harmony with our natural environment, and more fully as members of the human family. Paperback 5.5 by 8.5 black and white with illustrations
Maine architect John Silverio was educated at the Rhode Island School of Design and also studied in Rome, Italy, and at the University of Pennsylvania. He has designed hundreds of homes since the 1970s, including his own homestead and nearby studio in Lincolnville. He was joined in this effort by his son Matthew in 2000. John also enjoys writing, drawing, painting, sailing and building small craft, playing the mandolin, and living life with his wife, Susan. His other books include Hearthspire and Radiance Indwelling.