Steve Mouzon’s new book

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Cover illustration of another book about Bahamian architecture. (

Steve Mouzon’s excellent book The Original Green reflects thoughts I described in a review of that book and in my 2015 post “Love, beauty, architecture.” One of architecture’s most ambitious and creative thinkers, Mouzon is bringing out a second edition of his 2007 book, A Living Tradition: Architecture of the Bahamas, whose publication he hopes to attain through a Kickstarter funding effort. Everyone who contributes will get a free copy of his and his wife Wanda’s next book, Outdoor Room Design.- assuming, of course, that the Kickstarter goal of $18,000 is reached by 5 p.m. EDT this Friday ($15,565 has already been donated). What follows is the description of the book and the funding effort, including a link to his Kickstarter campaign, all of which is worthy of everyone’s attention:


The Kickstarter to publish the second edition of A Living Tradition [Architecture of the Bahamas] has only three days to go and we’re getting close to the $18,000 Stretch Goal. If we reach it, everyone who has pledged any amount gets a copy of Outdoor Room Design, which is an e-book (iBooks or Kindle) Wanda and I are now finishing. So if you’ve pledged support, please spread the word so you get the book, and if you haven’t pledged yet, please consider doing it now.

Outdoor Room Design steps through the process of designing a tapestry of outdoor rooms meant to be inhabited, not just viewed from indoors. It’s a little-known fact that one of the best sustainability moves we can make is to entice people outdoors so they get conditioned to the local environment. When they return indoors, they just might be able to turn the A/C off and throw the windows open… and there’s no equipment so efficient as that which is off.

The book starts with general principles like south-facing outdoors, positive outdoor space, and the really important “hints from houses.” It then lays out a number of room types you might want to consider, such as the hearth garden, dinner garden, breakfast terrace, kitchen garden, couple’s garden, frontage garden, meditation garden, coffee cove, children’s maze, orchard run, motor court/sport court, and even the secret garden. Once the rooms have been laid into the landscape, the next step is to set the borders, then lay out any garden structures. Next comes the water, with a focus on useful water elements that are not solely ornamental. The passages between the rooms are next, then the finishes, fixtures, furnishings, and finally the plant material.

Here’s a typical page screen shot. Again, anyone who pledges any level of support to the Kickstarter gets this book as a reward if we reach the $18,000 Stretch Goal. So thanks in advance for spreading the word… much appreciated! Here’s the Kickstarter link.

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About David Brussat

This blog was begun in 2009 as a feature of the Providence Journal, where I was on the editorial board and wrote a weekly column of architecture criticism for three decades. Architecture Here and There fights the style wars for classical architecture and against modern architecture, no holds barred. History Press asked me to write and in August 2017 published my first book, "Lost Providence." I am now writing my second book. My freelance writing on architecture and other topics addresses issues of design and culture locally and globally. I am a member of the board of the New England chapter of the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art, which bestowed an Arthur Ross Award on me in 2002. I work from Providence, R.I., where I live with my wife Victoria, my son Billy and our cat Gato. If you would like to employ my writing and editing to improve your work, please email me at my consultancy,, or call 401.351.0457. Testimonial: "Your work is so wonderful - you now enter my mind and write what I would have written." - Nikos Salingaros, mathematician at the University of Texas, architectural theorist and author of many books.
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2 Responses to Steve Mouzon’s new book

  1. TPWM.*

    *The pleasure was mine.


  2. SteveMouzon says:

    Thanks so much for posting this, David!


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