Brave New Home: Our Future in Smarter, Simpler, Happier Housing

Brave New Home: Our Future in Smarter, Simpler, Happier Housing

by Diana Lind


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This smart, provocative look at how the American Dream of single-family homes, white picket fences, and two-car garages became a lonely, overpriced nightmare explores how new trends in housing can help us live better.

Over the past century, American demographics and social norms have shifted dramatically. More people are living alone, marrying later in life, and having smaller families. At the same time, their lifestyles are changing, whether by choice or by force, to become more virtual, more mobile, and less stable. But despite the ways that today's America is different and more diverse, housing still looks stuck in the 1950s.

In Brave New Home, Diana Lind shows why a country full of single-family houses is bad for us and our planet, and details the new efforts underway that better reflect the way we live now, to ensure that the way we live next is both less lonely and more affordable. Lind takes readers into the homes and communities that are seeking alternatives to the American norm, from multi-generational living, in-law suites, and co-living to microapartments, tiny houses, and new rural communities.

Drawing on Lind's expertise and the stories of Americans caught in or forging their own paths outside of our cookie-cutter housing trap, Brave New Home offers a diagnosis of the current American housing crisis and a radical re-imagining of future possibilities.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781541742666
Publisher: PublicAffairs
Publication date: 10/13/2020
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 117,043
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Diana Lind is a writer and urban policy specialist who has worked at Architectural Record magazine, Next City, the Philadelphia Inquirer and the University of Pennsylvania. She is currently the Executive Director of the Arts + Business Council for Greater Philadelphia and the Housing Fellow at the global nonprofit, NewCities. She lives in Philadelphia.

Table of Contents

Introduction 1

Part 1 A History of Single-Family Housing

Chapter 1 The Golden Age of Shared Living 23

Chapter 2 The Rise of the Single-Family Home 41

Chapter 3 Mismatched Housing and Demographics 67

Part 2 New Ways of Living

Chapter 4 Living Better, Together 81

Chapter 5 Small Is Beautiful 113

Chapter 6 Different Generations, One Roof 143

Chapter 7 Housing That Heals 173

Part 3 How to Get the Housing We Want

Chapter 8 Disrupting Housing Policy, Industry, and Advocacy 201

Acknowledgments 227

Notes 229

Index 245

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