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The Movement for Housing Reform in Germany and France, 1840–1914

The Movement for Housing Reform in Germany and France, 1840–1914


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  • Date Published: February 2011
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521133838

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  • This book was originally published in 1985. During the 1920s and 1930s, a series of housing developments was built in Europe, based on unprecedented levels of public finance allied to innovative policies of planning, and architectural design. How did these developments, which were the foundation of later social housing programmes, come into being? This study sets out to answer the question by looking into the evolution of the movement for housing reform in Germany and France, from the middle of the nineteenth century until the outbreak of the First World War. This book also examines the social and political nature of 'the housing problem', and traces the response through a series of central themes: the public health campaign; land reform and planning proposals; the elaboration of architectural types; and the search for fresh means of financing the construction of cheap housing.

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    • Date Published: February 2011
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521133838
    • length: 668 pages
    • dimensions: 244 x 170 x 34 mm
    • weight: 1.05kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    List of illustrations
    Part I. The Movement for Housing Reform in Germany 1840–1914: Section 1. Recognition of the Housing Problem:
    1. The emergence of the Housing Problem 1840–1857
    2. The first debate on the Housing Problem 1857–1872
    3. Boom, depression and the second debate on the Housing Problem 1872–1886
    Section 2. The Programme for Reform:
    4. The reformers' ideal
    5. Public health and housing reform
    6. The design of working-class housing
    7. Housing reform and the Land Question
    Section 3. Reform and the Provision of New Housing:
    8. Housing by private enterprise
    9. Housing by the employer
    10. Non-profit housing before 1890
    11. Non-profit housing after 1890
    12. The campaign for national housing legislation 1886–1914
    Part II. The Movement for Housing Reform in France 1840–1914: Section 4. Recognition of the Housing Problem:
    13. The context of the Housing Problem
    14. The housing market: Paris
    Section 5. The Programme for Reform:
    15. the reformers' ideal
    16. Social reform
    17. Housing and hygiene
    18. Housing and urban growth
    19. Architectural reform
    Section 6. Reform and the Provisions of New Housing:
    20. The reformers and the housing market
    21. Housing for industry
    22. Housing societies
    23. Housing and co-operation
    24. The Société Française des Habitations à Bon Marché and housing legislation
    25. The evolution of housing legislation 1: 'free action is superior and sufficient'
    26. The evolution of housing legislation 2: 'unbiased rivalry'
    Conclusion to Parts 1 and 2: from workers' housing to social housing
    Abbreviations used for periodicals
    Sources of illustrations
    Chronology: England, Germany and France

  • Authors

    Nicholas Bullock

    James Read

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