Modernity and housing provides an extremely useful analysis of the evolution of modern housing production as a conpendium of some of the most important design prototypes of this century in europe and north america placed in the context of changing political and social ideals this book is timely. Modernity and housing embraces three more or less parallel themes concerning modernity the rise of technocracy and the attendant tendency of modern space to become universal while the experience of time is confined to the present the problem of representation for a culture in which subject centered reason has replaced metaphysical foundations . Modernity and housing also offers a refresher course in the principles behind this centurys most modernity and housing also offers a refresher course in the principles behind this centurys most noteworthy attempts at establishing new urban communities. Starting from the question of how the design of modern housing can be successful peter rowe explores the social cultural and expressive history of housing at two crucial moments the first large scale developments along modernist lines in the 1920s and the widespread reconsideration of modernist principles in the 1970s. Myth modernity and mass housing the development of public housing in depression era cleveland jennifer donnelly during the great depression planners and architects in cleveland ohio initiated sweep ing housing reforms and by 1943 seven public housing estates had been constructed across the city
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