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Housing By People: Towards Autonomy in Building Environments

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"...John Turner is something much rarer than a housing expert; he is a philosopher of housing, seeking answers to questions which are so fundamental that they seldom get asked."--from the Introduction by Colin Ward
Paperback, 162 pages
Published July 1st 2000 by Marion Boyars Publishers Ltd (first published June 1976)
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Sherief
Feb 15, 2010 Sherief rated it really liked it
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At times perhaps a bit Utopian, at others it gives itself away as a product of 70s urban anarchism, Turner's book makes up for this in it's enthusiasm for self-help solutions to housing problems and a fundamental belief in people's ability to successfully manage their own destinies and lives without the overbearing interventions of large, centrally managed systems. That run on sentence was just my way of gushing about the book a bit. It's always good to read something a bit anti-technocratic, a ...more
Morgan
Jul 08, 2008 Morgan rated it it was ok
A disappointing book. Anarchist urban theorists are few and far between, so I had high hopes of radical new ways to think about urban space. Unfortunately, the book is pretty fluffy: you can sort of guess where he's going with things if you've ever heard or read a contemporary anarchist critique of state-Marxists. Here's the gist: capitalist housing market: fail. State-created housing: fail. Solution: let poor people work it out for themselves, either by leaving them the fuck alone, or (if you'r ...more
Erica
Sep 26, 2015 Erica rated it it was amazing
This book changed my perceptions and ideas around this topic altogether. Recommended for anti-authoritarians and people interested in housing issues.
Andini Mokodompit
Feb 09, 2012 Andini Mokodompit rated it liked it
he said that a house is a process not only a product. I like it most
Norman Fellows
Apr 13, 2013 Norman Fellows rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: housing
Turner is too narrow.
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