Cloth $22.50 ISBN: 9780226769950 Will Publish March 2021
An e-book edition will be published.

The Porch

Meditations on the Edge of Nature

Charlie Hailey

The Porch

Charlie Hailey

224 pages | 6 halftones, 6 line drawings | 5-1/2 x 8-1/2 | © 2021
Cloth $22.50 ISBN: 9780226769950 Will Publish March 2021
E-book $22.50 ISBN: 9780226770017 Will Publish March 2021
Come with us for a moment out onto the porch. Just like that, we’ve entered another world without leaving home. In this liminal space, an endless array of absorbing philosophical questions arises: What does it mean to be in a place? How does one place teach us about the world and ourselves? What do we—and the things we’ve built—mean in this world? In a time when reflections on the nature of society and individual endurance are so paramount (and when porches have come into their own as socially distanced architecture), Charlie Hailey’s latest book is both a mental tonic and a welcome provocation.
Solidly grounded in ideas, ecology, and architecture, The Porch takes us on a journey along the edges of nature where the outside comes in, hosts meet guests, and imagination runs wild. Hailey writes from a modest porch on the Homosassa River in Florida. He sleeps there, studies the tides, listens for osprey and manatee, welcomes shipwrecked visitors, watches shadows on its screens, reckons with climate change, and reflects on his own acclimation to his environment. The profound connections he unearths anchor an armchair exploration of past porches and those of the future, moving from ancient Greece to contemporary Sweden, from the White House roof to the Anthropocene home. In his ruminations, he links up with porch dwellers of the past, including environmentalist Rachel Carson, poet Wendell Berry, writers Eudora Welty and Zora Neale Hurston, philosopher John Dewey, architect Louis Kahn, and photographer Paul Strand.

As close as architecture can bring us to nature, the porch is where we can learn to contemplate anew our evolving place in a changing world—a space we need now more than ever. Timeless and timely, Hailey’s book is a dreamy yet deeply passionate meditation on the joy and gravity of sitting on the porch.


3. AIR



Illustration Credits
Review Quotes
Daegan Miller, author of 'This Radical Land'
The Porch displays the best traits of university press books: an enormous body of research, backed by years of careful engagement with intellectual and cultural history, and a faith that the world is worth close consideration. Hailey’s prose is patient and deliberate, the mood reverent and ready for wonder. He has written an extraordinary book—literary and philosophical, sensuous and wise—a book with which to confront our changing world.”
David Leatherbarrow, University of Pennsylvania
“The weighty intimations of myth on these pages are leavened by the book’s beautifully prosaic and practical accounts of porch architecture. There could hardly be a more timely book when breathing walls, like bodies, are places where experiences of necessity meet those of freedom.”
For more information, or to order this book, please visit
Google preview here

Chicago Manual of Style

Chicago Blog: Art and Architecture

Events in Art and Architecture

Keep Informed