A house is a site, the bounds and focus of a community. It is also an artifact, a material extension of its occupants' lives. This book takes the Japanese house in both senses, as site and as artifact, and explores the spaces, commodities, and conceptions of community associated with it in the modern era. As Japan modernized, the principles that had traditionally related house and family began to break down. Even where the traditional class markers surrounding the house persisted, they became vessels for new meanings, as housing was resituated in a new nexus of relations. The house as artifact and the artifacts it housed were affected in turn. The construction and ornament of houses ceased t...
This 1865 volume by Harriet Beecher Stowe was originally published under the psuedonym Christopher Crowfield. The volume contains short stories and essays revolving around subjects of cookery and domestic economy. The most famous story from the collection, The Ravages of a Carpet, describes what happens to a typical family with the acquisition of consumer goods, which had suddenly become more available.
The story of a woman who loves her house so much that she'll do just about anything to keep it. Ellen Flanagan has two precious girls to raise, a cozy neighborhood coffee shop to run, terrific friends, and a sexy husband. She adores her house, a yellow Cape Cod filled with quirky antiques, beloved nooks and dents, and a million memories. But now, at forty-four, she's about to lose it all. After eighteen roller-coaster years of marriage, Ellen's husband, Sam--who's charismatic, spontaneous, and utterly irresponsible--has disappointed her in more ways than she can live with, and they're getting divorced. Her daughters are miserable about losing their daddy. Worst of all, the house that Ellen l...
In a warm, engaging tone, Mary Carter's 1904 ""House and Home"" provides hints on all aspects of household management including choosing a home and moving into it, engaging and discharging servents, children's place and rights within a home, and other miscellaneous tidbits.
House and home are words routinely used to describe where and how one lives. This book challenges predominant definitions and argues that domesticity fundamentally satisfies the human need to create and inhabit a defined place in the world. Consequently, house and home have performed numerous cultural and ontological roles, and have been assiduously represented in scripture, literature, art, and philosophy. This book presents how the search for home in an unpredictable world led people to create myths about the origins of architecture, houses for their gods, and house tombs for eternal life. Turning to more recent topics, it discusses how writers often used simple huts as a means to address the essentials of existence; modernist architects envisioned the capacity of house and home to improve society; and the suburban house was positioned as a superior setting for culture and family. Throughout the book, house and home are critically examined to illustrate the perennial role and capacity of architecture to articulate the human condition, position it more meaningfully in the world, and assist in our collective homecoming.
This book is a social and cultural history of the massive construction campaign that Khrushchev instituted in 1957 to resolve the housing crisis in the Soviet Union and to provide each family with its own apartment. Decent housing was deemed the key to a healthy, productive home life, which was essential to the realization of socialist collectivism. The book shows how the many aspects of this enormous state initiative - from neighborhood planning to interior design - sought to alleviate crowded, undignified living conditions and sculpt residents into ideal Soviet citizens.
"In the 1920s and 1930s nearly three million new private houses were built, the majority of them in new suburbs on the edges of towns and cities. Derided at the time by the architectural press, these homes were nonetheless enormously popular. With their tiled roofs and pebbledash, their gardens and bay windows, they epitomised a particularly British idea of "home"." "Little Palaces looks at these houses, inside and out, and at the way of life of their inhabitants. Based on material relating to North London, and with evocative photographs and illustrations, Little Palaces provides and informative introduction to the suburban semi."--BOOK JACKET.