Peeking through the Keyhole: The Evolution of North American Homes

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"Since the Second World War, rapid developments in the economy, family structure, technology, employment, and lifestyle have transformed the home. Avi Friedman and David Krawitz guide the reader through the trends and changes, many of them ill-conceived and wasteful, that have influenced residential design and construction over the last fifty years." Offering pragmatic suggestions for many problems, including the damage caused by suburban sprawl, the limits of standard single-family dwellings, and the widening gap between rich and poor, Peeking
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Overview

"Since the Second World War, rapid developments in the economy, family structure, technology, employment, and lifestyle have transformed the home. Avi Friedman and David Krawitz guide the reader through the trends and changes, many of them ill-conceived and wasteful, that have influenced residential design and construction over the last fifty years." Offering pragmatic suggestions for many problems, including the damage caused by suburban sprawl, the limits of standard single-family dwellings, and the widening gap between rich and poor, Peeking Through the Keyhole unravels the effects of technology and consumerism on the way we perceive and use domestic space.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780773529342
  • Publisher: McGill-Queens University Press
  • Publication date: 7/28/2005
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 212
  • Product dimensions: 5.72 (w) x 8.32 (h) x 0.65 (d)

Meet the Author

Avi Friedman is associate professor and director, Affordable Homes Program, McGill University. He is the recipient of the United Nations World Habitat Award, the Creative Achievement Award (Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture), and the Prix
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Table of Contents

Introduction : the accelerated present 3
1 What we eat, where we eat 18
2 Webs and wires 42
3 Buy new or renovate? 71
4 Living with kids 95
5 Growing old at home 118
6 Where exactly do we live? 143
7 Home as a consumer product 164
Afterword : where do we go from here? 188
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