Redesigning the American Dream: The Future of Housing, Work by Dolores Hayden Ph.D.

By Dolores Hayden Ph.D.

Winner of the nationwide Endowment for the humanities Award for Excellence in layout study, the Paul Davidoff Award for an excellent ebook in city making plans, the Vesta Award for Feminist Scholarship within the Arts, and an ALA impressive ebook Award: a provocative critique of the way American housing styles influence deepest and public life.

american citizens nonetheless construct thousands of dream homes in neighborhoods that maintain Victorian stereotypes of the house as 'woman's position' and the town as 'man's world.' city historian and architect Dolores Hayden tallies the private and social expenses of an American 'architecture of gender' for the two-earner relations, the single-parent kinfolk, and unmarried humans. Many societies have struggled with the architectural and concrete results of women's paid employment: Hayden lines 3 versions of domestic in historic perspective―the haven approach within the usa, the commercial technique within the former USSR, and the local method in eu social democracies―to rfile other ways to reconstruct neighborhoods.

up to date and nonetheless totally correct this day because the New Urbanist architects have taken up Hayden's critique of suburban house, this award-winning publication is key analyzing for architects, planners, public officers, and activists drawn to women's social and fiscal equality.
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Using photovoltaic cells to cover the roof of every existing dream house would turn the United States into a nation of fifty-four million private power plants. Scale is still the most misunderstood environmental issue in the so-called appropriate technology movement. Between the giant corporations and the tiny houses, environmental alternatives require new social, economic, and architectural innovations as well as new, energy-saving inventions. 3 Sketch of "The Integral Urban House" established by environmental activists with composting toilet, greenhouse, fish pond, and solar energy, Berkeley, California.

14 For six decades these women, the material feminists, defined their movement with one powerful idea: that women must create new kinds of homes with socialized housework and child care before they could become truly equal members of society. They raised fundamental questions about what was called ''woman's sphere'' and ''woman's work . '' They challenged two characteristics of industrial capitalism: the physical separation of household space from public space, and the economic separation of the domestic economy from the political economy.

It is the city Where the citizen is always the head and ideal, Where children are taught to be laws to themselves, and to depend upon themselves, Where women walk in public processions in the streets the same as the men, Where they enter the public assembly and take places the same as the men; Where the city of the faithfulest friends stands There the great city stands. 6 The "city of the faithfulest friends" was a city of equal political participation, without regard to gender, race, class, or sexual preference, a city offering all adults access to public space and to public office.

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