The four walls that we inhabit are far more than just a roof over our heads - it's the place where our personal and unique life is played out with all its complexities and nuances. It is not uncommon when we move to feel regret that we cannot simply take our abode, the focus of our lives, along with us. For many people it is increasingly important to be able to move easily, to be able to react spontaneously to personal desires or life changes of all kinds. Because of the increased needs to both preserve our identity that is rooted in our home and to be more geographically mobile, the market for "movable" houses has grown and diversified. This is most noticable in the growing numbers of commissions received by architects and designers for technical and creative conceptions of mobile houses. As much as concept, appearance and construction might vary greatly from house to house, what unites all of the projects presented in this volume is the claim to a design that is both larger than life and consistently compelling.
This book consists of 83 mini stories based on authors personal encounters with many interesting and challenging situations and memorable people throughout her thirty-plus years of working and living overseas. Some of these encounters are charming, some disheartening, some thought-provoking, but all are based upon wonderful human interactions. These stories will touch your heart, make you think, and offer lessons about the human experience in difficult circumstances. In the process you will also have a glimpse of life in a variety of countries, as diverse as India, Thailand, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Sudan, Syria, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, Cambodia, Morocco, China, Romania, Bulgaria, and France. Anyone who is interested in the world beyond your own environment, and those who might be interested in working internationally, would have an idea of what its like to live and work outside your own culture.
Miriam Lancewood's first book Woman in the Wilderness told her story of living for seven years in the wilderness of New Zealand with her husband, hunting and gathering, and roaming the mountains like nomads. Miriam and Peter left New Zealand to explore other wild places. They walked 2000 km through the forests of Europe and along the coast of Turkey, mostly camping under trees and cooking by fire. They lived on the edge, embracing insecurity, and found the unexpected: sometimes it was pure bliss, sometimes it was terrifying. But when they moved on to the Australian desert, they met with disaster. This gripping story is about life and death, courage and the power of love.
Overview of living styles in the Arabic world - from the nomads' tents of the Tuareg and the Bedouin via the Moroccan casbahs, magnificent court-yarded houses in cities like Marrakech, Damascus or Cairo through to 20th-century buildings by architects suchas Hassan Fathy or Elie Mouyal.
This volume explores a range of issues pertaining to postcolonial identity and multiculturalism as experienced in Western societies. It hopes to act as a catalyst for some new and exciting areas of enquiry in the more 'liminal' interstices of Irish studies.