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The modern American house : spaciousness and middle-class identity

Author: Sandy Isenstadt
Publisher: Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2006.
Series: Modern architecture and cultural identity.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"In The Modern American House, Sandy Isenstadt examines how architects, interior designers, and landscape designers worked to visually enhance spatial perception in middle-class houses. The desire for spaciousness reached its highest pitch where it was most lacking, in the small, single-family houses that came to be the cornerstone of middle-class life in the nineteenth century. In direct conflict with actual  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Sandy Isenstadt
ISBN: 0521770130 9780521770132
OCLC Number: 62282205
Awards: Winner of Spiro Kostof Award 2009
Description: xvi, 327 pages : illustrations ; 27 cm.
Contents: Introduction : Spaciousness, history of a visual effect --
1. The small house era --
2. The production of spacious --
3. Spacious interiors --
4. Looking at landscape --
5. Glass horizons --
6. "The view it frames": a history of the picture window --
7. Cultivated vistas --
8. The ruler and the eye: the compensations of spaciousness --
9. Conclusion: this excellent dumb discourse.
Series Title: Modern architecture and cultural identity.
Responsibility: Sandy Isenstadt.
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