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Housing Design and Society in Amsterdam: Reconfiguring Urban Order and Identity, 1900-1920 / Edition 2

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Winner of the 1999 Spiro Kostof Book Award from the Society of Architectural Historians.

During the early 1900s, Amsterdam developed an international reputation as an urban mecca when invigorating reforms gave rise to new residential neighborhoods encircling the city's dispirited nineteenth-century districts. This new housing, built primarily with government subsidy, not only was affordable but also met rigorous standards of urban planning and architectural design. Nancy Stieber explores the social and political developments that fostered this innovation in public housing.

Drawing on government records, professional journals, and polemical writings, Stieber examines how government supported large-scale housing projects, how architects like Berlage redefined their role as architects in service to society, and how the housing occupants were affected by public debates about working-class life, the cultural value of housing, and the role of art in society.

Stieber emphasizes the tensions involved in making architectural design a social practice while she demonstrates the success of this collective enterprise in bringing about effective social policy and aesthetic progress.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780226774176
  • Publisher: University of Chicago Press
  • Publication date: 7/28/1998
  • Edition description: 1
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 392
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 9.19 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
Introduction 1
Ch. 1 The Politics of Daily Life 15
Ch. 2 Social Hygiene and Aesthetics 47
Ch. 3 Setting Housing Standards 73
Ch. 4 Civilizing the Working Class 97
Ch. 5 The Standard Plan 125
Ch. 6 Controlling Urban Aesthetics 157
Ch. 7 Reforming Workers' Taste 183
Ch. 8 Normalization of the Facade 215
Conclusion 259
Appendix 269
Note 281
Index 367
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