- Form Follows Families: Evolution of U.S. Affordable Housing Design and Construction
- Volume 16, Number 2
- Managing Editor: Mark D. Shroder
- Associate Editor: Michelle P. Matuga
Design and Affordable American Housing
Americans have experimented with new models for affordable housing for more than two centuries. The private sector, public agencies, and nonprofit organizations have all played a role. Architecture and site planning have been crucial elements in these efforts, yet they have received scant attention. In arguing that the design of good housing is neither elusive nor subjective, this article explores some of the best practices—and a few mistakes. The article begins with a historical background of diverse endeavors to provide better, more affordable housing for single women, workers, public housing tenants, immigrants, homeless individuals, and low-income families. It then relates this legacy to recent efforts to integrate housing with community development.
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