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Building the Dream: A Social History of Housing in America

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This book is concerned essentially with the model of domestic environment in this country, as it has evolved from colonial architecture through current urban projects.
Paperback, 350 pages
Published April 11th 1983 by Mit Press (first published 1981)
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Sean
Jan 03, 2009 Sean rated it really liked it
An account of housing in the United States from the early Puritan settlers of New England, up until the energy crisis of the 70's and the diversified housing market of the 80's (when this book was written). The book is divided into 14 essays, each on a different housing type or historical development, including slave housing, industry-owned towns in the 19th century, late 19th c. suburban expansion, tenement housing, post-WWII suburban expansion, urban high-rise development, and government-subsi ...more
Simone
Jun 03, 2015 Simone rated it really liked it
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This is a really great history of housing (suburban and urban) in the United States. "The history of American houses shows how Americans have tried to embody social issues in domestic architecture, and how they have tried, at the same time, to use this imagery to escape a social reality that is always more complex and diverse than the symbols constructed to capture it.”
braden
Mar 27, 2008 braden rated it really liked it
great history of the evolution of american housing
Angela
May 12, 2010 Angela rated it really liked it
Provided a lot of interesting social history on a variety of different housing types.
Andrea
Sep 14, 2013 Andrea rated it really liked it
An excellent history of housing in the US that focuses on specific types of housing and the social functions/impacts of each.
Jesus
Sep 26, 2007 Jesus added it
Recommends it for: contractors
The link between the emphasis of Theodore Roosevelt's New Deal on construction & "urban renewal" in the 1960s is neatly introduced here.
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