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I N T R O D U C T I O N

HOW TO GET HOME

THE FIRST DECADE of my life was spent living in hotels and dreaming about living in a house. This book is driven by my fascination about why the idea of home takes up so much room in our imaginations. What does a roof over our heads mean to each of us, at different stages in our lives and depending on different circumstances, as we journey from the nest of the cradle to the shelter of the grave? It's informed too by my curiosity about what architects can do to improve the way we live, whether we are young or old, rich or poor.

The strange array of structures in which we cocoon ourselves, where we seek sanctuary from the complexities of the twenty-first century and fortify ourselves against inconstant nature, are of crucial importance to us. Increasingly, so it seems. In recent years, there's been an explosion of media interest in the choices we make about designing, decorating, building or buying houses. Newsagents' shelves buckle under the weight of house magazines, and every month seems to bring another television lifestyle program about celebrity homes, interior design or the backyard.


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