Suburban Space: The Fabric of Dwelling / Edition 1

Suburban Space: The Fabric of Dwelling / Edition 1

by Renee Y. Chow
     
 

ISBN-10: 0520233867

ISBN-13: 9780520233867

Pub. Date: 01/13/2003

Publisher: University of California Press


Renee Y. Chow offers an alternate vision to the conventional suburban housing that characterizes much of our domestic landscape. Her integrated, original approach to design sees the residential setting as a fabric of interrelated spaces that supports cultural diversity and change, promotes sharing in a setting, and sustains a more intense use of land. With its…  See more details below

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Renee Y. Chow offers an alternate vision to the conventional suburban housing that characterizes much of our domestic landscape. Her integrated, original approach to design sees the residential setting as a fabric of interrelated spaces that supports cultural diversity and change, promotes sharing in a setting, and sustains a more intense use of land. With its concise, informative text and abundant illustrations—including photographs and Chow's superbly executed drawings—Suburban Space challenges architects, landscape architects, developers, and planners to reconceptualize suburban housing.

Chow has made comparative studies of neighborhoods in Boston, Charleston, San Francisco, Levittown, Radburn, and housing by Rudolf Schindler and Irving Gill, as well as other residential settings. Her argument for a fabric of dwelling is founded not on generalizations about how people live but on documented observations of the particular ways in which people organize their daily lives. This groundbreaking book demonstrates how one of the most disparaged yet common types of housing in the United States can become more environmentally and culturally viable.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780520233867
Publisher:
University of California Press
Publication date:
01/13/2003
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
210
Product dimensions:
8.50(w) x 11.00(h) x 0.63(d)

Table of Contents


List of Illustrations
Acknowledgments
Introduction

Part One. Seeing the Suburbs as a Fabric
1. Beginnings of a Production System
2. Persistence of the Box
3. Defining Dwelling
4. Seeing Suburban Dwelling as a Fabric

Part Two. Designing Fabrics for Dwelling
5. Accommodating Choice
6. Sharing in a Setting
7. Unpacking
8. Designing Density

Notes
Bibliography
Illustration Credits
Index

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