Launch Slideshow

In the Middle of Nowhere

Alongside the unpaved road to Lori Ryker and Brett W. Nave's home and studio, alpacas and horses nibble placidly at the surrounding grassland. Dusty pickup trucks drive well under the posted speed limit of 35 miles per hour. The Livingston, Mont., compound is so remote, its exact street address doesn't show up on MapQuest.

In the Middle of Nowhere

Alongside the unpaved road to Lori Ryker and Brett W. Nave's home and studio, alpacas and horses nibble placidly at the surrounding grassland. Dusty pickup trucks drive well under the posted speed limit of 35 miles per hour. The Livingston, Mont., compound is so remote, its exact street address doesn't show up on MapQuest.

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reading matters

In addition to her monograph on Mockbee/Coker Architects, Lori Ryker has written two books on sustainable design. Off The Grid (Gibbs Smith, Publisher, 2005) presented building strategies for reducing dependence on conventional energy systems. This spring its sequel, Off the Grid Homes (Gibbs Smith, Publisher, 2007), hit stores.

The new book provides a more in-depth, hands-on look at resource-conserving technologies, including photovoltaics, geothermal heating, rainwater collection, solar hot water, and wind turbines. Ryker explains these systems through six case studies of homes designed by Ryker/Nave; David Hertz, AIA; Arkin Tilt Architects; and others. Photos, floor plans, and handy illustrations complement her clear prose, and a list of builders, technicians, and manufacturers rounds out the usual project credits.


(Note: Since the publishing of this profile, Lori Ryker and Brett Nave no longer practice together.)