Housing: A Factual Analysis

Housing: A Factual Analysis

Housing: A Factual Analysis

Housing: A Factual Analysis

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The planning of human shelter was a relatively simple matter in the days of the cave man. Not so today. The complexity of our society and the tremendous advances in science, not only permit, but also require, man's shelter to be much more than protection against the elements. It must satisfy his economic, social and psychological needs as well.

The ultimate goal of a house, then, is to reconcile and resolve all of the diverse requirements of twentieth century man. Yet, because housing is a product, a durable and expensive product, its production and marketing aspects must be acknowledged and completely understood since they dictate some of the necessary compromises in livability and design.

The theme of this book is to present an orderly development of the subject of housing, beginning with a description of the demand and supply factors of the market, proceeding to a discussion of production, financing, and tenure, and finally describing design criteria and environmental factors. Since the role of the government with regard to these factors is so important today, there is a separate chapter devoted to that discussion. There is also a separate discussion of rural housing, since it represents a picture different from that of housing for urban families; and there is a final chapter on future housing need and housing research, since research probably holds the key to the future of our housing, including both its livability and cost.

This is not a book on theory. Important theories and concepts are dealt with but emphasis is given to their applied form. On some of the problems discussed, there has been more conjecture than statement of fact in the past. Fortunately, some new data have only recently become available on several of the important aspects covered and an attempt has been made to incorporate such new information and data. Data and statistics are used throughout in order to specifically describe the subject matter at hand. In this way, it is hoped that a more objective treatment of housing, a subject which has suffered from lack of objectivity in the past, may be achieved.

Because of the range of material covered by the book, each of the . . .

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