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Annmarie Adams on New Households New Housing
16 December, 2020
This annotation is an extract from Annmarie Adams (1992) review ‘New Households New Housing’, Traditional Dwellings and Settlements Review, Spring 1992, 64
Anyone who has attempted to research issues of women and housing is only too familiar with the relative inaccessibility of relevant publications in the field. Although growing at an enormous rate, much of the literature on forms of housing for the other-than-nuclear family has appeared in specialised journals in Women’s Studies, often unavailable in architectural libraries and unknown to those involved in mainstream housing research. New Households New Housing, edited by Karen A. Franck and Sherry Ahrentsen, has brought relevant research from several academic disciplines together into a substantial volume which will undoubtedly become a standard text for educators, architects, planners, and everyone with a general interest in alternative housing.
New Households New Housing is equally valuable because of its international scope. The book provides general information on the subject through the analysis of specific case studies in several countries. Fifteen chapters grouped into three larger sections range in subject matter from historical and contemporary overviews of collective housing and prototypical plans for single-parent households, to an analysis of single-room-occupancy housing.