Here’s the latest publication offering from Rim Books, this time in collaboration with Karaka Bay Press (Auckland).

Tony Watkins
Haruhiko Sameshima

Thinking it through was originally published in Home and Building from 1988 to 1996 when Kirsty Robertson, then editor for “Home and Building” invited Tony Watkins, who had for many years been a contributor to the magazine, to begin a new column called simply, “Thinking it through”. She also invited Haruhiko Sameshima to contribute a photograph for each column. For each issue Tony sent an article to Haru and Haru replied with a photograph. Tony in turn responded to each photograph with another article in the next issue. This book is the story of that conversation between an author and a photographer. They did not meet until long after the project was completed.

Tony Watkins’ multifaceted career includes architect, author, educator, activist among others.  In his role as educator and through various organisations Tony has helped form local and global policy on sustainable development and architecture. He is one of the founders of International Architects Designers and Planners for Social Responsibility, initiator of Agenda 21, and the Peaceful Cities concept at the UN Habitat II Conference in Istanbul in 1996. As co-director of the International Union of Architects Sustainability Work Programme, representing more than 27 million architects globally, he advocated vernacular architecture which sustains the life of the planet and does no harm to stories, traditions, culture and place.  Tony has also authored numerous books and articles including: “The Human House,” “Piglet the Great of Karaka Bay,” and “Vernacular – An architecture for the RMA and Agenda 21″.

The book is lavishly produced on art-matt paper printed in four colour throughout, featuring 46 essays bookended with prologue and epilogue by Tony Watkins, each accompanied by full colour or rich B&W full page photographs by artist photographer Haruhiko Sameshima especially commissioned for the essays.

The result is an unusually rich tapestry of reading experience: a philosophical journey led by the pioneer thinker of vernacular architecture and sustainability in urban and town planning in New Zealand, thinking through the wider implications of developing human habitats and their impact on the immediate environment, its neighbors and on the planet.

You can view the teaser pdf  HERE

Book details:
Thinking it through
Published jointly by Karaka Bay Press and Rim Books
245mm x 300mm soft cover with flaps
112 pages
46 essays bookended with prologue and epilogue
50 full-page photographs (mostly in colour)
ISBN 978-0-473-22308-3
Available December 2012
RRP $30
Rim Books or email

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