39 2018 NEW RELEASES VILLAGES OF WEST AFRICA: An Intimate Journey across Time Steven & Cathi House • An original study of remote villages in seven West Africa countries, by two accomplished architects • 500+ photographs feature handcrafted earthen architecture, artisan textiles, ceramics, and the people who make them • Includes maps and historical information about these fabled places at the edge of the world Art and especially architecture are often seen as the exclusive realm of formally trained experts. Award-winning architects Steven and Cathi House explore the other side of that reality in a part of the world that has been at the crossroads of history for thousands of years. With more than 500 photographs and insightful commentary, they reveal the remarkable beauty of the people, land, villages, textiles, and vernacular architecture across seven countries of West Africa, situated between the Sahara Desert and Atlantic Ocean. The book celebrates the artisanship of tribal people who use building methods that are both practical and ingenious and that respond not just to local climate, materials, and topography, but also to the needs of the inhabitants with poetic insight, creating environments that are stimulating and sustainable. With their clarity, function, and beauty, these villages are living models of what community life can be. Award-winning architects StevenandCathiHouse have traveled tomore than sixty countries documenting indigenous cultures.Their work has been exhibited widely and featured in national and international publications. Size: 10" × 10" • 512 color and b/w images • 304 pp. ISBN: 978-0-7643-5481-6 • hard cover • $65.00 AVAILABLE IN APRIL OTHER BOOKS YOU MAY ENJOY! Human Tribe Alison Wright 978-0-7643-5396-3 $29.99 Stories of West Africa Hollis Chatelain 978-0-7643-5447-2 $14.99 True Africa David Sacks 978-0-7643-4217-2 $75.00 Early Praise “Stunningly beautiful photographs are at once open-hearted and respectful . . . drawing close to the heart of a region strikingly different from our own and, at the same time, always humanly familiar.” —Steven D Lavine, President Emeritus, California Institute of the Arts