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The design of housing has commanded the attention of the greatest architects of the twentieth century. In this stunning volume, Roger Sherwood presents thirty-two notable examples of multi-family housing from many countries and four continents, selected for their importance as prototypes. Designed by such masters as Frank Lloyd Wright, Le Corbusier, Mies van der Rohe, and Alvar Aalto, they range from single-house clusters to row-houses, terrace houses, party-wall and large-courtyard housing, to urban high-rise towers and slabs.The thirty-two buildings or housing complexes are illustrated with photographs, site plans, floor plans, elevations, and marvelous axonometric drawings. In each case Mr. Sherwood gives background information on the project, mention, factors the architect had to take into consideration (social, environmental, financial), points out creative solutions to particular problems, and comments on special features of the design. Laymen as well as professionals will find his presentations enlightening.In the Introduction, Mr. Sherwood sets forth the basic principles of organization that apply to housing. He analyzes first the limited number of ways in which individual apartments or living units can be laid out (each type or plan lending itself to variations and permutations) and then the ways in which different units can be vertically and horizontally organized within a single building. Drawings and plans of more than eighty housing complexes in twenty countries accompany his analysis.Mr. Sherwood offers his book in the belief that there is no excuse for shoddy architecture; that no branch of architecture is more important than the design of human habitations; and that much is to be learned from the study of significant buildings of the recent past.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780674579422
ISBN-10: 0674579429
Format: Paperback
(273mm x 248mm x 21mm)
Pages: 184
Imprint: Harvard University Press
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Publish Date: 1-Jul-1990
Country of Publication: United States


US Kirkus Review » A handsome sourcebook for architects, practicing and prospective, incipient builders, and imaginative planners. Presented here are 32 trend-setting projects of this century, divided into the six major multi-family housing categories: tower, slab, block, party-wall, detached and semi-detached, and rowhouse. The last group, for instance, begins with J. P. Oud's 1927 Stuttgart Exhibition dwellings, "typical Dutch workers' housing of the time"; includes a 1961 Kenzo Tange example (the Japanese input has interesting cross-cultural implications); and winds up with Neave Brown's Fleet Road housing built in London in 1967, which "demonstrates that a high density form of housing with outdoor space for each dwelling can be achieved without giving up individual privacy." The brief critiques are accompanied by floor plans, project drawings, and in most cases photos; the introductory section provides an exhaustive compendium of interior arrangement possibilities. Throughout, however, Sherwood's analysis concentrates on structural and aesthetic factors and takes only passing notice of social considerations, presenting as venerable prototypes some structures known to have failed in use. This, then, is for the informed practitioner, of whatever profession, who is looking for leads rather than for final answers. (Kirkus Reviews)

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Author Biography - Roger Sherwood

Roger Sherwood is a practicing architect and Associate Professor of Architecture at the University of Southern California.