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Housing Design (Classic Reprint)

Housing Design (Classic Reprint)

ISBN: 9781330447727
Publisher: Forgotten Books
Publication Date: 2015-09-27
Number of pages: 244
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Excerpt from Housing Design

This book is for those who are concerned with the physical design of housing: architects, developers, lenders, and students. It has been written because in my nine years of Government service in housing, I had occasion to examine approximately two thousand proposals for housing projects and frequently found that the plans presented ignored elementary principles of housing design which should be common knowledge, which, in fact, are the indispensable tools of the craft. On the other hand there were many projects which were designed with great competence by architects with fresh and brilliant ideas. From these I have learned much; indeed, this book owes much to what they taught me.

The attempt here is to express and illustrate these principles so that those who design housing may have them as a background and can go forward with their work without too much stumbling over details and the consequent waste of time. This is no encyclopedia of housing, nor does it pretend to give final answers to the complex problems of housing design, many of which arise from economic and social conditions beyond the designer's control. It will accomplish its purpose if it prepares designers to cope with those problems with awareness of the ways and needs of human living, if it prepares men and women who have inquisitive minds and who develop their own methods of attack.

A word to students. In housing, every act and decision affects the lives of others and may continue to do so for decades, hence clear thinking and intellectual honesty are essential.

Simple as this may seem, clear thinking is extremely difficult in an age of advertising slogans and high pressure salesmanship which try to force one's thinking into certain channels and often to sell an inferior product by a formula of laudatory words. How many "enriched" foods have added nutritive value which is but a fraction of what the processor has extracted initially? This method of using cliches to sell goods to the public is also present in the field of architecture. Half the words which are bandied around in the name of "modern architecture" at cocktail parties are of this kind. No great art was ever created or fostered by words; it has always arisen out of work in the shop. We must therefore try to judge things for what they are, rather than by the words that are currently used about them.

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