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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.

Book News Annotation:

Hayden (architecture, American studies, Yale U., New Haven, Conn.) considers a broad spectrum of issues in this revised edition of her 1984 book. The need for updated suburban and urban planning that meets the needs of families—particularly the needs of women—is articulated against a synopsis of the history of the suburb and tract housing.
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Synopsis:

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.

Synopsis:

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.

About the Author

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

Product Details

ISBN:
9780393730944
Author:
Hayden, Dolores
Publisher:
W. W. Norton & Company
Location:
New York
Subject:
General
Subject:
History
Subject:
Domestic
Subject:
City Planning & Urban Development
Subject:
Gender Studies
Subject:
City planning
Subject:
Feminism
Subject:
Housing
Subject:
Architecture, domestic
Subject:
Political Policy - City Planning & Urban Dev.
Subject:
Public Policy - City Planning & Urban Dev.
Subject:
Residential
Subject:
Buildings - Residential
Subject:
Housing -- United States -- History.
Subject:
Feminism -- United States -- History.
Subject:
Gender Studies-General
Edition Number:
Rev. and expanded.
Edition Description:
Rev & Expanded
Series Volume:
116
Publication Date:
20020831
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
57 photographs, 21 line drawings
Pages:
288
Dimensions:
9.2 x 6.2 x 0.8 in 1.07 lb

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"Synopsis" by , 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.
"Synopsis" by , 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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