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Housing and Dwelling
Perspectives on Modern Domestic Architecture

ISBN 9780415346566
Published December 13, 2006 by Routledge
480 Pages

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Book Description

Housing and Dwelling collects the best in recent scholarly and philosophical writings that bear upon the history of domestic architecture in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Lane combines exemplary readings that focus on and examine the issues involved in the study of domestic architecture, taken from an innovative and informed combination of philosophy, history, social science, art, literature and architectural writings. Uniquely, the readings underline the point of view of the user of a dwelling and assess the impact of varying uses on the evolution of domestic architecture.

This book is a valuable asset for students, scholars, and designers alike, exploring the extraordinary variety of methods, interpretations and source materials now available in this important field. For students, it opens windows on the many aspects of domestic architecture. For scholars, it introduces new, interdisciplinary points of view and suggests directions for further research. It acquaints practising architects in the field of housing design with history and methods and offers directions for future design possibilities.

Table of Contents

Part 1: Methods and Interpretations  1. Who Interprets? The Historian, the Architect, the Anthropologist, the Archaeologist, the Users?  2. What is Home?  3. Domestic Spaces as Perceptual, Commemorative, and Performative  Part 2: Themes in Modern Domestic Architecture  4. Living Downtown: Nineteenth Century Urban Dwelling  5. Victorian Domesticity: Ideal and Reality  6. Rural Memories and Desires: The Farm, the Suburb, the Wilderness Retreat  7. Modernism, Technology and Utopian Hopes for Mass Housing  8. Mass Housing as Single-Family Dwelling: The Post-War American Suburb  9. Participatory Planning and Design: Initiatives in Self-Help Housing, Renovation, and Interior Decoration  10. Twentieth Century Apartment Dwelling, Ideals and Realities  11. Some Possible Futures  12. Where is Home?

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Barbara Miller Lane is Professor Emeritus in the Humanities, Professor Emeritus of History, and Mellon Emeritus Fellow at Bryn Mawr College. She founded the College’s Growth and Structure of Cities Program and served as its director from 1971-1989, and again in 1996-97. She has published numerous books and articles on architectural and urban history.