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Ch. 3, pp.101-106

Ch. 3, pp.101-106
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Not many images this week. What there is though, is a bit more detail about the labouring classes and their perceived importance in the mid 19th century, a period of rapid industrial growth in Great Britain. We learn that John Ruskin’s love of Gothic architecture was part based on his belief that the workers who […]

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Ch. 2, pp. 92-100

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Today I decided to buy a copy of Hannah Arendt’s The Human Condition so I could read more about concepts such as materialization that feature in this installment. Amazon is already on the case. Before ordering, Amazon’s top picks were two books I’d googled citations for the previous week so no surprise there. After ordering, […]

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Ch. 2, pp.87-92

Ch. 2, pp.87-92
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• • •  Problems with the Collective as a Model The Cité Napoleon completed in 1851, had a glass roofed atrium at its centre. (Figures, 11, 12) It was collective housing designed to help the labouring classes under Louis Napoleon. “In 1848, Napoleon III was a member of a group espousing the ideas of Fourier.” (Benjamin, Passages, […]

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Ch. 2, p78–87

Ch. 2, p78–87
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• • •  4 Community Housing System Fourier Collective Housing There was also a worker housing plan that went against this “one house for one family idea”. It didn’t isolate families by having separate houses for each family, but was a types of collective living. Charles Fourier (1772-1837) was influenced by the collective housing type known as […]

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Making the Problem Go Away

Making the Problem Go Away
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Method 1: Restore to the original In many unwanted or unforeseen situations, the ideal solution is to return the status of something to how it was before the problem existed. Let’s not b talking about geopolitics or the state of the planet. Let’s think small. Laser treatment can be used to remove a tattoo that’s […]

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Ch. 2, pp.70–78

Ch. 2, pp.70–78
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• • •  3 Isolated Housing Mulhouse worker housing city This English thinking with respect to worker housing was soon reflected in France. The problem of worker housing was not confined to England but, as outlined in Nakano, Takashi [?, 隆生] ’s “Residents of Prague” p.12, was also a major important problem in Paris, Berlin, Vienna and […]

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Ch.2, pp.66–70

Ch.2, pp.66–70
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In architecture schools we talk a lot about public space and private space and occasionally and with less certainty about semi-public space because the existence of semi-public space implies the existence of a semi-private space. Here we begin to come unstuck. Are they both names for the same kind of transitional space or do they […]

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Ch. 2, pp.58–66

Ch. 2, pp.58–66
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* * * Chapter 2: Worker Housing 1 Albert Cottage A model for the world’s first worker housing The Great Exhibition held in London in 1851 in the glass and iron Crystal Palace designed by Joseph Paxton (1801–1865). A house designed by Henry Roberts (1803–1876) as new model for worker housing was one of the […]

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Working From Home

Working From Home
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At one time we all either worked from home or in the fields not too distant. If you were in feudal Europe, your “home” was likely to be some kind of peasant cottage provided by the landowner so you wouldn’t waste daylight commuting. It wasn’t provided out of kindness. Housing provided by employers never is, […]

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Ch. 1 pp.35–46

Ch. 1 pp.35–46
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* * * 1.3 Settlements Survey I – The appearance of the outside Settlements were part of the topography I participated in a survey of settlements conducted from 1973 by Hiroshi Hara’s studio in the Institute of Industrial Science at Tokyo University. This survey was continuous field work to survey settlements and their housing in various […]

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Ch. 1, pp. 23-35

Ch. 1, pp. 23-35
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* * * 2 The spatial structure of polis and the spatial concept of “threshold” The “threshold connects and at the same time separates The “no-man’s-land” space was a space not only characteristic of Ancient Greece but, when thinking about urban space, is a universal concept. The word we use for spaces such as this […]

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Man and Machine

Man and Machine
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Excavators are like musical instruments in that they remain inanimate objects unless there’s someone who can access their potential. However, unlike most musical instruments, excavators have engines to move the vehicle and operate the hydraulics to enable a number of tasks. the core one of which is excavating – the shifting of soil or rock from […]