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    If you are a DIY home improvement enthusiast, DIY Like an Architect: 11-Step Method is a valuable resource. This downloadable how-toBOOK is a step-by-step hands-on guide to a design and planning process an architect — just like you — embarks on when facing a blank sheet of paper.

  1. Paula Panich, writer and printmaker
    5 out of 5
    5 out of 5
    Paula Panich, writer and printmaker May 04, 2015 - 12:11 PM

    Alla Kazovsky’s book, DIY Like an Architect, is just joyous. I can see myself quoting her in my writing classes. Meanwhile, I am busy writing down the quotes she has chosen from Louis Kahn, Virginia Woolf, Saarinen -- and the books she has recommended, especially How to Think Like Leonardo da Vinci!

    Alla’s book of course is about architecture, but it is really about creativity, and it is a gift to the world.

    I was reminded of a long essay I wrote about craft when I was trying to understand the structure of fiction, making the case that a scene in a novel or a short story is like designing a room in a house. Now I feel I could really build a workshop around the idea of the the architecture of scene, and how it fits into the whole of a story or novel – thanks to the perspective she has given me through the book.

    Most artists of any kind are self-laceratingly critical – what destroyers we can be that way! It’s the whole idea of returning to a beginner's mind. But Alla, in her book, just takes us step-by-step through a process not unlike budbreak to flower.

    DIY Like an Architect is a book to be read by painters, printmakers, sculptors, singers, composers, actors, storytellers, novelists, poets, essayist – and those, by the way, who are interested in, as Alla calls it, becoming DIY architects.

  2. Dana L. Walker
    5 out of 5
    5 out of 5
    Dana L. Walker May 06, 2015 - 04:13 PM

    This is very cool!

  3. Paula Goodman
    5 out of 5
    5 out of 5
    Paula Goodman May 12, 2015 - 03:08 PM

    Hi Alla,

    I love your website and book.

  4. Nastasya
    5 out of 5
    5 out of 5
    Nastasya May 31, 2015 - 03:02 PM

    These are gorgeous! I’d be proud to show these to people. I love the page about you. Very clear and clear that you’re an expert in your field. The pictures are stunning as well. It all looks clean and put together.

  5. Erica Clark
    5 out of 5
    5 out of 5
    Erica Clark Jun 02, 2015 - 04:47 PM

    Alla Kazovsky is an extraordinary architecture practitioner and an equally extraordinary mind. Her keen sense of design and beauty is complemented by a marvelous practicality and attention to realistic solutions for the challenges (or opportunities) at hand. Everything that she does – from the design of a simple chair to the creation of a garden-as-outdoor-room — brings clarity, order, and freshness to the otherwise ordinary. In her own homes, for example, she has utterly transformed formerly drab houses into beautiful, light-filled havens that offer contemporary lack of clutter without sacrificing warmth. She is especially admired as a teacher at the prestigious Art Center College of Design, where she has worked with children and adults alike. Her new book, DIY LIKE AN ARCHITECT, brings together the best of her clear approach to design – and the many rich influences that have shaped her practice. This is a wonderful guide, even for those of us who may not become architects!

  6. Eric Maisel
    5 out of 5
    5 out of 5
    Eric Maisel Jun 08, 2015 - 05:03 PM

    wow, what a lot of work you’ve done on this! it looks great! congrats on getting this done. best, e.

  7. bala
    4 out of 5
    4 out of 5
    bala Jun 29, 2015 - 10:46 PM

    very good

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