By Dolores Hayden Ph.D.
Winner of the nationwide Endowment for the humanities Award for Excellence in layout study, the Paul Davidoff Award for a superb publication in city making plans, the Vesta Award for Feminist Scholarship within the Arts, and an ALA outstanding booklet Award: a provocative critique of the way American housing styles influence inner most and public life.
american citizens nonetheless construct thousands of dream homes in neighborhoods that maintain Victorian stereotypes of the house as 'woman's position' and town as 'man's world.' city historian and architect Dolores Hayden tallies the private and social charges of an American 'architecture of gender' for the two-earner kinfolk, the single-parent kin, and unmarried humans. Many societies have struggled with the architectural and concrete results of women's paid employment: Hayden strains 3 versions of domestic in ancient perspective―the haven approach within the usa, the economic technique within the former USSR, and the local procedure in eu social democracies―to rfile alternative routes to reconstruct neighborhoods.
up to date and nonetheless totally suitable this present day because the New Urbanist architects have taken up Hayden's critique of suburban house, this award-winning ebook is vital interpreting for architects, planners, public officers, and activists attracted to women's social and fiscal equality.
fifty seven images, 21 line drawings
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The homeless slept in doorways or alleys. Food sold in slum neighborhoods was often adulterated or spoiled-water in the milk, powder in the flour, maggots in the meat. Tuberculosis, cholera, diphtheria, and influenza claimed as many lives as did industrial hazards. There were no public housing schemes or medical services, merely a few charitable associations struggling to cope with the needs of millions. The dangers and discomforts of this urban setting eventually encouraged newly affluent urban businessmen to remove their families from urban centers.
Ultimately American corporations had to resort to some desperate strategies to assure continued energy consumption. Oil leases in foreign countries brought the accompanying threat of foreign wars. Nuclear power plants and liquid natural gas (LNG) terminals at home were even riskier strategies because of their long-term vulnerability to accidents and because of the lack of safe disposal procedures for nuclear waste materials. In the late 1970s, The Ladies' Home Journal carried a pro-nuclear advertisement showing housewives holding up a variety of home appliances and thanking the utility for creating nuclear power to keep their appliances going.
Utopia on the model of singlefamily bliss and over-consumption, Pledge Furniture Sweepstakes. intensive heating, depending on whether the standardized house was in Arizona or Massachusetts. Traditional siting also broke down. Builders' bulldozers leveled hills and trees that might have provided shade; the same house was built facing north, south, east, and west because the builders didn't care about the position of the sun so much as the profitability of the tract. The dream houses, because of their isolation from community facilities and from each other, also required numerous private purchases of appliances such as stoves, clothes washers, and refrigerators.
Redesigning the American Dream: The Future of Housing, Work and Family Life by Dolores Hayden Ph.D.