Full title: Leftover Rightunder: Finding Architectural Potential in Found Materials
By:Wes Janz, designed by Jerome Daksiewicz
Chicago: Half Letter Press, 2013
Pages: 96
Dimensions: 5 1/2” x 8 1/2”
Cover: paperback
Binding: perfect bound
Process: offset
Color: full color
Edition Size: 2500

Our planet's poorest people are also its largest construction force. Whether recent immigrants to growing cities or the last residents in shrinking cities, these occupiers have a great need and, often, no choice but to self-build. They use whatever can be found to create places to live, to work, and perhaps hide. Leftover Rightunder highlights selected projects from ten years of Wes Janz's efforts to showcase these people's work in the design and education communities of which he is a member.

Through hundreds of color photos, Janz documents subjects that include small architectures, boarded houses, a house teardown, a Goodwill outlet store, and common American waste streams (couches, mattresses, shipping pallets, and construction site dumpsters full of useable materials) as well as his own efforts to repurpose those materials in workshops with students. The book concludes with detailed photos showing the construction of Janz's beautiful Pallet Garage (2011-2013) which he describes as "very likely the first building in the United States to be constructed almost entirely of timber pallets and authorized with a building permit."

Wes Janz, PhD, RA, is a professor of architecture at Ball State University, Muncie, Indiana. In 2006, he was the recipient of the university's Outstanding Teaching Award. He is the founder of onesmallproject, a collection of global and local initiatives that foreground the lives of people many observers consider to be in need or at risk. Janz was one of five finalists for the inaugural Curry Stone Design Prize, an international award established in 2008 to recognize and encourage breakthrough projects that "engage communities at the fulcrum of change, raising awareness, empowering individuals and fostering collective revitalization ." He is married to Marcia Stone and lives in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Here is what others have to say about the book:

I've often written that small things don't necessarily equate with small impacts, be it buildings or other projects. It's the ideas embedded within a design that are important, not necessarily their physical size or visibility. The work of Wes Janz certainly fits within this statement, given his predilection for small projects (heck, his studio is even called onesmallproject), as well as the fact Leftover Rightunder is a compact expression of his various studies, installations and buildings that are focused on "finding architectural potential in found materials." READ MORE
Book Review: Leftover Rightunder
, by John Hill, A Daily Dose of Architecture

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The Challenge to Make: Commodity Becomes Commodious

Rosalie Pech Eva on 2nd Sep 2014

The book represents a provocative challenge to the architecture profession and regulatory authorities world-over to review and redefine what can be defined as acceptable and appropriate in terms of materials, construction methods and thinking about the processes of design and building, even the concept of what can be beautiful. I accept that challenge, and am curious to see what commodious beauty results.