Lukas Feireiss, My Host in Venice


Lukas Feireiss, my host in Venice and co-curator of the display of Shelter books at the Venice Architecture Biennale, and my companion and guide for 3 days in this magical city. He arrived from Berlin and me from California within 15 minutes of each other at the Piazalle Roma on Friday night — talk about cosmic timing!

He’s fluent in Italian and knows the city well. We’ve been staying in a lovely flat on the water near Via Garibaldi, a great street with bars, restaurants, and shops far from the tourist madness.

About Lloyd Kahn

Lloyd Kahn started building his own home in the early '60s and went on to publish books showing homeowners how they could build their own homes with their own hands. He got his start in publishing by working as the shelter editor of the Whole Earth Catalog with Stewart Brand in the late '60s. He has since authored six highly-graphic books on homemade building, all of which are interrelated. The books, "The Shelter Library Of Building Books," include Shelter, Shelter II (1978), Home Work (2004), Builders of the Pacific Coast (2008), Tiny Homes (2012), and Tiny Homes on the Move (2014). Lloyd operates from Northern California studio built of recycled lumber, set in the midst of a vegetable garden, and hooked into the world via five Mac computers. You can check out videos (one with over 450,000 views) on Lloyd by doing a search on YouTube:

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