An Igloo on the Moon: Exploring Architecture

illus. by Adrian Buckley. 132p. photos. Circa. Apr. 2017. Tr $19.95. ISBN 9780993072116.
Gr 4 Up—In this richly illustrated volume, Jenkins details notable structures and explains how they accommodate our needs. The work opens by examining what various cultures have used for shelter for centuries, such as adobe, snow, and reeds. Through seven thematic sections, Jenkins discusses familiar constructions, such as viaduct bridges, as well as unexpected additions, including Shoji screens and verandas for the purposes of ventilation. The author also addresses structural technology and the amazing feats of engineering behind the Chartres Cathedral in France and the underground churches of Lalibela in Ethiopia. The last section is where the title of the book comes into play: How will architecture evolve in the future? Will humans be living in igloos on the moon? This section smartly explores some of the failures of architectural ideas while revealing the future possibilities. Graphic designer Buckley's imaginative collages depict buildings across the world and reference different art movements and time periods. For instance, a pterosaur hovers above London's Crystal Palace. The author addresses topical subjects such as sustainability and environmental awareness. The succinct paragraphs of factual text that accompany each image are beautifully descriptive. The only drawback is the absence of a table of contents and an index.
VERDICT An imaginative addition to large architecture and environmental studies collections to engage readers and stimulate critical thinking.

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