No Place to Hide: Crisis and Future of American Habitats

No Place to Hide: Crisis and Future of American Habitats

No Place to Hide: Crisis and Future of American Habitats

No Place to Hide: Crisis and Future of American Habitats

Synopsis

"Marti's focus on housing is appropriate since it is not only a basic human need but also constitutes by far the largest component of our constructed environment. The historical perspective serves as a well-informed introduction to the pioneering (albeit somewhat disturbing) scenarios projected for the future development of the nation's habitats. This work should be of considerable interest to libraries serving students in the fields of architecture, sociology, and urban studies." - Choice

Excerpt

In years to come the 20th century will probably be recognized as one of the most drastic transitional periods in the history of man. The generations of this century have witnessed developments of outstanding social and technoscientific impact: for the first time man ventured into the skies, the oceans and, finally, into outer space. Today's frontiers lie beyond the horizon. For the first time the surface of the Earth has been fully explored and chartered, its ecological conditions recognized, and man has become aware that he cannot take himself or his planet for granted.

Most modern societies have begun to integrate the effects of these transitional conditions within themselves. In all human groupings there are factors that cause and accelerate change (population, technology, the environment, resources, etc.), and the relative influence of these issues upon societal structures can be overwhelming. Today, even the most conservative cultures have had to give way, in one way or another, to the profound changes affecting the world.

Professor Gerard K. O'Neill, in his opening remarks to the 1982 American Institute of Architects (AIA) Convention in Honolulu, Hawaii, listed five major drivers of modern technological change (computers, automation, space colonies, energy sources, and transporta-

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