Housing and dwelling : a reader on modern domestic by Barbara Miller Lane

By Barbara Miller Lane

A set of thought-provoking essays at the altering face of household structure over centuries, highlighting the wide variety of resource fabrics and theoretical views on hand to students of architectural history.

content material: e-book conceal; Half-Title; name; Copyright; commitment; Contents; Illustrations; Acknowledgements; 1 creation; half I: tools and interpretations; 2 Who interprets?: The historian, the architect, the anthropologist, the archaeologist, the user?; three what's home?; four household areas as perceptual, commemorative, and performative; half II: issues in smooth household structure; five dwelling downtown: Nineteenth-century city residing; 6 Victorian domesticity: beliefs and realities; 7 Rural stories and needs: The farm, the suburb, the barren region retreat
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Now aesthetic sensations may be caused by a building in three different ways. First, they may be produced by the treatment of walls, proportions of windows, the relation of wall-space to window-space, of one story to another, of ornamentation such as the tracery of a fourteenth-century window, or the leaf and fruit garlands of a Wren porch. Secondly, the treatment of the exterior of a building as a whole is aesthetically significant, its contrasts of block against block, the effect of a pitched or flat roof or a dome, the rhythm of projections and recessions.

I have already suggested that relationships between these buildings can no longer be achieved through the informal controls typical of traditional vernacular. Those forms which are still partly of that style – the Doggie Diners, concrete doughnuts, and so on – are designed for the popular taste, not by it, but they, as well as popular housing, continue to show some commonly held values more clearly than does the design subculture. Finally we find that due to the causes already enumerated – greater complexity of problems and greater specialization – the design of buildings and settlements is increasingly the concern of professional designers.

7, 1966. It is interesting that most reviewers stressed the physical, rather than the cultural and psychological, aspects of the study. , pp. 8–10. 11 E. T. , 1966, pp. 123–37. 32 Suzanne M. Spencer-Wood 12 See H. G. West, “The House is a Compass”, Landscape I, no. 2, 1951, 24–7. This topic has been studied by J. B. Jackson. He suggested this view to me in personal conversation and also during a seminar at the Department of Landscape Architecture, University of California, Berkeley, Winter 1967; see also his “The Westward Moving House”, Landscape II, no.

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