Cheap And Tasteful Dwellings: Design Competitions and the Convenient Interior by Jan JenningsCheap And Tasteful Dwellings: Design Competitions and the Convenient Interior by Jan Jennings

Cheap And Tasteful Dwellings: Design Competitions and the Convenient Interior

byJan Jennings

Hardcover | September 1, 2005

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In 1879, Carpentry and Building magazine launched its first house design competitionfor a cheap house. Forty-two competitions, eighty-six winning designs, and a slew ofnear winners and losers resulted in a body of work that offers an entire history of anarchitectural culture. The competitions represented a vital period of transition in delineating roles and responsibilities of architectural services and building trades. The contests helped to define the training, education, and values of "practical architects" and to solidify house-planning ideals. The lives and work of ordinary architects who competed in Carpentry and Building contests offer a reinterpretation of architectural professionalization in this time period.Cheap and Tasteful Dwellings thoroughly explores the results of these competitions,conducted over a thirty-year period from 1879 to 1909. The book outlines the philosophybehind and procedures developed for running the competitions; looks at characteristicsof the eighty-six winners of the competitions; examines the nature of architecturalpractices during the period; analyzes the winning competition designs; and providesbiographical details of competition winners and losers.A landmark book in architectural history, Cheap and Tasteful Dwellings makes a compelling case for the theory of convenient arrangement--its history, its role, its principles, its relationship to contemporary interior design education, and its meaning to American architecture. More importantly, the book explains the impact of Carpentry and Building's contests in furthering the tenets of convenient arrangement for house design. By using extensive material from the magazine, Jennings leaves little doubt as to how important this overlooked story is to the history of American architecture as a whole.
Jan Jennings is professor in the Department of Design and Environmental Analysis at Cornell University. She is editor of Roadside America: The Automobile in Design and Culture (1990) and coauthor of American Vernacular Interior Architecture, 1870-1940 (1988) and American Vernacular Design, 1870-1940 (1985).
Title:Cheap And Tasteful Dwellings: Design Competitions and the Convenient InteriorFormat:HardcoverDimensions:416 pages, 10 × 8 × 1 inPublished:September 1, 2005Publisher:University of Tennessee PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:157233360X

ISBN - 13:9781572333604

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