Redesigning the American Dream: Gender,Housing,and Family Life

Overview

Winner of the National Endowment for the Arts Award for Excellence in Design Research, the Paul Davidoff Award for an Outstanding Book in Urban Planning, the Vesta Award for Feminist Scholarship in the Arts, and an ALA Notable Book Award: a provocative critique of how American housing patterns impact private and public life.
Americans still build millions of dream houses in neighborhoods that sustain Victorian stereotypes of the home as 'woman's place' and the city as 'man's ...

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Overview

Winner of the National Endowment for the Arts Award for Excellence in Design Research, the Paul Davidoff Award for an Outstanding Book in Urban Planning, the Vesta Award for Feminist Scholarship in the Arts, and an ALA Notable Book Award: a provocative critique of how American housing patterns impact private and public life.
Americans still build millions of dream houses in neighborhoods that sustain Victorian stereotypes of the home as 'woman's place' and the city as 'man's world.' Urban historian and architect Dolores Hayden tallies the personal and social costs of an American 'architecture of gender' for the two-earner family, the single-parent family, and single people. Many societies have struggled with the architectural and urban consequences of women's paid employment: Hayden traces three models of home in historical perspective—the haven strategy in the United States, the industrial strategy in the former USSR, and the neighborhood strategy in European social democracies—to document alternative ways to reconstruct neighborhoods.
Updated and still utterly relevant today as the New Urbanist architects have taken up Hayden's critique of suburban space, this award-winning book is essential reading for architects, planners, public officials, and activists interested in women's social and economic equality.

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Ellen Louer - ArchNewsNow.com
“Essential reading for architects, planners, and public officials...just as relevant today as it was nearly 20 years ago.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780393730944
  • Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 8/1/2002
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 741,706
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Dolores Hayden, professor of architecture and American studies at Yale, writes about the politics of design.

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Table of Contents

Preface to the 2002 Edition
Acknowledgments
Pt. I The Evolution of American Housing 17
1 Housing and American Life 19
2 From Ideal City to Dream House 33
3 Awakening from the Dream 57
Pt. II Rethinking Private Life 79
4 Nurturing: Home, Mom, and Apple Pie 81
5 Economics: Getting and Spending 121
6 Architecture: Roof, Fire, and Center 141
Pt. III Rethinking Public Life 191
7 Reconstructing Domestic Space 193
8 Domesticating Urban Space 225
9 Beyond the Architecture of Gender 239
Notes 247
Selected Bibliography 269
Index 279
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