Macrae and Gray

Mud, Space & Spirit


In a series of profiles on some of the original back-to-the-landers, Mud, Space & Spirit explores the wave of handmade homes built in the 1970s American southwest, a land so heated by the sun that the indigenous mud easily transforms from a wet and malleable material into a ceramic structure.

Prefaced with a bit of the region's architectural history, it highlights the traditional role of the enjarradora (female builder) and the connection between the female body and the natural curvature of adobe homes – opposing to the rigidity, or 'masculinity' of most modern architecture, – as well as the ultimate origins of adobe construction being rooted, as we all are, in Africa.

Soft cover with black and white photographs throughout.

Edition: 1976.

Condition: Excellent for its age.

Measures ~10"x8". 96 pages.