Redesigning the American Dream: The Future of Housing, Work, and Family Life

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W. W. Norton & Company, 2002 - Architecture - 286 pages
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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.
  

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Contents

Preface to the 2002 Edition
9
Acknowlegments
13
The Evolution of American Housing
17
Housing and American Life
19
From Ideal City to Dream House
33
The City on a Hill
34
Each Farmer on His Own Farm
35
The American Womans Home
36
Counting with Women in Mind
138
Architecture Roof Fire and Center
141
Three Models of Home Translated into Built Form
143
The SingleFamily House as Primitive Sacred Hut
145
Eclectic Styles
147
Electrification
148
Manufactured Housing
152
HighPriced HighTech and HighCulture Huts
153

The City of the Faithfulest Friends
40
Evolution of the Public Landscape
42
The Homelike Word
44
Good Homes Make Contented Workers
48
Selling Mrs Consumer
50
Ill Buy That Dream
52
Awakening from the Dream
57
Outgrowing Our Prescriptive Architecture
58
Creating the Critique
60
Architects and Urban Planners
61
Environmentalists
63
Feminists
68
Renters and Owners
73
Sticker Shock
75
Rethinking Private Life
79
Nurturing Home Mom and Apple Pie
81
Three Models of Home
85
The Haven Strategy
87
The Industrial Strategy
88
The Neighborhood Strategy
91
Miniaturized Technology and Household Engineering
95
Commercial Services
97
Employer Benefits and State Services
99
Swedish Parent Insurance
100
Male Participation
101
The House for the New Way of Life
103
Soviet Motherhood
104
Housewives Factories in Cuba and China
105
Modifying Peirces Neighborhood Strategy
108
Service House Collective Houses and Cooperative Quadrangles
110
Cash or Community?
114
Family Allowances and Wages for Housework
115
NICHE
117
Complexity
118
Economics Getting and Spending
121
Paid and Unpaid Work
122
GNP as Measurement
125
Economic Equity for Women
127
Womens Journeys verses Mens
128
Housing Construction and Jobs
131
Sweat Equity for Tenants
132
Jobs on Site in Housing for Single Parents
134
The Womens Development Corporation
137
Telecommuting from the Haven
155
Mass Housing as Machine
156
Social Housing
157
Support Structures
162
Social Engineering
164
Dynamite
167
The Cloister and the Village
170
The Academical Village
171
Quadrangles in the Garden Cities
172
Courtyards and Greens
174
Cohousing
177
Transitional Housing
181
New Densities for the Twentyfirst Century
182
The Charter of the New Urbanism
185
European Charter for Women in the City
187
Construction or Reconstruction?
188
Rethinking Public Life
191
Reconstructing Domestic Space
193
The Builders ApproachGreenfield Construction
195
Alternative Approaches of Infill and Reconstruction
197
Accessory Apartments in SingleFamily Neighborhoods
199
The Constituency for Accessory Apartments
201
Reorganizing the Dream Houses
204
Relandscaping the Dream Neighborhoods
206
Homeownership in LimitedEquity Cooperatives
211
Making It More Like Home
213
An Inn for the Elderly in New England
216
Congregate Housing Designed for Privacy and Community
217
Rehabilitation for Singles and Small Households
220
Taking the Long View
222
Domesticating Urban Space
225
The Freedom of the City for Women
227
Public Space for Parents
230
Greenlights and Safehouses
231
Rape Prevention Public Transportation and Womens Safety
232
Advertisements Pornography and Public Space
233
Beyond the Architecture of Gender
239
Reuniting Home and Work Suburb and City
240
Making Economic Social and Architectural Ideas Work Together The City of Womens Equality
242
Notes
247
Selected Bibliography
269
Index
279
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About the author (2002)

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

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