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scutumxde-mare  asked:

My great uncle is Roy Mason, architect behind the Xanadu houses. I'm having difficulty learning both his professional, and personal, lives, since his sister, my grandmother, has come down with Alzheimers. I was wondering if you might know anything?

Nothing beyond what you can find on the web.

Roy Mason (June 29, 1938 – May 19, 1996) was an American lecturer, writer, and futuristic architect who designed and built a variety of futuristic homes and other buildings in the 1970s and 1980s using low cost materials and alternative energy sources. Always forward looking, in 1978 Mason created plans for a fifty home community of solar powered houses in Columbia, Maryland that was to be called “Solar Village”. Mason invented architronics which was exemplified in his Xanadu homes. Mason was a founding member of the World Future Society, the publisher of Futurist Magazine. He also co-designed their first logo. In the 1980s Mason was the architecture editor of the Futurist Magazine. He was also the first executive director of the Home Automation Association. [via]

Check out the book  Xanadu: The computerized house of Tomorrow and How It Can Be Yours TODAY! by Roy Mason and Bob Masters

Other references I found:

The Futurist, 1st September 1996, Ray Mason, Architecture Editor,, [online], accessed 19th August 2010.

Ed Roman, 1982, “Starcastle”,, [online], accessed 19th August 2010.

CloudNight, Xanadu: The Retro Foam House of the Future,, [online], accessed 19th August 2010.

WorldLingo, 2010, Roy Mason (architect),, [online], accessed 19th August 2010.

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mappedlife  asked:

Hi I am an undergraduate human geography student. I am going to a small liberal arts school with no architecture programs. I think it is vitally important as a geographer to have a strong understanding of architecture. Any tips on teaching myself?

If I understand correctly you are not trying to learn how to be an architect but have a better understanding of important architectural works and locations. I would say read, printed or online. Books like The Phaidon Atlas of Contemporary World Architecture by Editors of Phaidon Press or A History of Architecture: Settings and Rituals by Spiro Kostof will give you a good foundation to build upon. 

There are also some free resources posted here previously:

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