Housing for the millions: John Habraken and the SAR (1960-2000)

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NAI Publishers, 2000 - Architecture - 375 pages
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The Dutch Foundation for Architectural Research (SAR) was established in 1965 as a research institute and remained active until the beginning of the 1990s. Its innumerable research reports, policy recommendations and practical experiments have profoundly influenced the shape of Dutch and international architecture and building practice, most especially in the 1960s and 1970s. Housing for the Millionsis primarily concerned with the philosophy of John Habraken, SAR's founder--in particular his new approach to the self-image and professional and social status of the designer, as well as the role and input of the resident. In his years as a researcher and professor at the Massachussetts Institute of Technology, Habraken has built an international reputation. This is the first time that the intellectual heritage of the SAR has been brought together in book form and considered within a broader international perspective. The subject matter of Housing for the Millionsis particularly pertinent right now, given the renewed emphasis on flexibility and interactive decision-making evident in government and private industry today.

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Bosma studied art history and architecture history at the University of Groningen. He currently teaches the history of twentieth-century architecture and urban design at the Free University in Amsterdam (Department of Art History and Archaeology).

Van Hoogstraten studied architecture history at the Free University in Amsterdam. As a free-lance writer and researcher on the subjects of modern architecture, urban planning and landscape design, she has seen her work appear in various media.

Vos studied architecture hisotry at the Free University in Amsterdam. He worked as a part-time archivist at the Netherlands Architecture Institute from 1995 to 2000. At present he is a part-time employee of the Netherlands Institute for Physical Planning and Housing. As a free-lane architecture historian, he has published articles on postwar reconstruction in the Netherlands, the Dutch Infrastructure and the megastructures designed by Van den Broek and Bakema.

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