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by Dolores Hayden

Seven American Utopias: Architecture of Communitarian Socialism, 1790-1975 download ebook
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0262080826
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978-0262080828
Author:
Dolores Hayden
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MIT Press; First Edition edition (September 1976)
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401 pages
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Architect Dolores Hayden has in this 1976 book published by MIT Press provided a perspective not often given on utopian communities: their physical layout (thus her subtitle, "The Architecture of Communal Socialism")

Architect Dolores Hayden has in this 1976 book published by MIT Press provided a perspective not often given on utopian communities: their physical layout (thus her subtitle, "The Architecture of Communal Socialism")

From the time of its discovery, the new world was regarded by American settlers as a new Eden and a new Jerusalem.

From the time of its discovery, the new world was regarded by American settlers as a new Eden and a new Jerusalem. All such communitarian groups consciously attempted to express their social ideals in their buildings and landscapes; invariably, ideological predispositions can be inferred from a close study of the environments they created.

Seven American Utopias: The Architecture of Communitarian Socialism, 1790-1975

Seven American Utopias: The Architecture of Communitarian Socialism, 1790-1975. Mellon Grant for a Publication in the Humanities. At the heart of this remarkable book are studies of seven communitarian groups, collectively stretching over nearly two centuries and the full breadth of the American continent: the Shakers of Hancock, Massachusetts; the Mormons of Nauvoo, Illinois; the Fourierists of Phalanx, New Jersey; the Perfectionists of Oneida, New York; the Inspirationists of Amana, Iowa; the Union Colonists of Greeley, Colorado; and the Cooperative. Colonists of Llano del Rio, California.

Seven American Utopias. The Architecture of Communitarian Socialism, 1790 - 1975. As a manual for new life styles and their manifestation in design the book is illuminating

Seven American Utopias. As a manual for new life styles and their manifestation in design the book is illuminating. The communitarians themselves are an attractive lot with their commitment to the land, their aim to integrate city and country, their concern with a design for life.

Dolores Hayden is an American professor emerita of architecture, urbanism, and American studies at Yale University. Seven American Utopias: The Architecture of Communitarian Socialism, 1790-1975, MIT Press, 1976. She is an urban historian, architect, author, and poet  . Challenging the American Domestic Ideal', featured in Women in American Architecture: A Historic and Contemporary Perspective (1977).

Dolores Hayden's pathbreaking Seven American Utopias examines architecture, landscape architecture, and town planning in seven American utopian communities to see how the communities' physical facilities aided or retarded social interaction and larger community goals. The settlement examined range from the nineteenth century Shaker settlement at Hancock, Massachusetts, to the twentieth century Llano del Rio community of California and Louisiana which continued until 1938.

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Quarto. x + 401 pp, acknowledgments, arranged in 13 chapters grouped in 3 Parts: I. Seeking Utopia; II. Building Utopia; III. Learning from Utopia, appendix A-B, bibliography, sources and credits for illustrations, index. Text includes substantial endnotes by chapter, also more than 260 historic photographs and drawings in b&w. Seven Commnunitarians treated by the author are The Shakers of Hancock, Massachusetts, the Mormons of Nauvoo, Illinois; the Fourierists of Phalanx, NJ; the Perfectionists of Oneida, NY; the Inspirationists of Amana, Iowa; the Union Colonists of Greeley, CO, and the Cooperative Colonists of LLlano del Rio, California. 7.3" x 10.2" tan cloth boards in DJ.
Reviews:
  • Ffrlel
A good reference book on this often forgotten episode in American social history. A lot of people are at least somewhat familiar with Charles Nodoff's book on communitarian ( socialist ) settlements such the Shakers, the Oneida Community and so on. How were their buildings designed , for what use, and by whom,? This book gives many of the answers along with covering some lesser known groups. All very interesting.

I put off buying this book for way too long don't make the same mistake.
  • lacki
Architect Dolores Hayden has in this 1976 book published by MIT Press provided a perspective not often given on utopian communities: their physical layout (thus her subtitle, "The Architecture of Communal Socialism"). The book is filled with over 260 photographs, plans, and maps of the following seven communities: the Shakers; the Mormons of Nauvoo, lllinois; the Fourierists of Phalanx, New Jersey; Oneida; Amana; the Union Colonists of Greeley, Colorado; and Llano del Rio.

She says, "My main purpose in this research was to explore the relationship between social organization and the building process in particular community groups."

Concerning innovative ideas in utopian communities, she notes that "the Shakers ... (developed) removable window sash for easy washing, round ovens for more even cooking, conical stoves for heating irons more efficiently. The Harmony Society constructed floors which could be removed to that it was never necessary to carry furniture up on down stairs in a dwelling. The Oneidans created 'lazy susan' tables so that food could be turned instead of passed."

This book will be of considerable interest to anyone interested in those seven communities, utopian societies in general, intentional communities, communes, and ecovillages.
  • Yozshunris
This book is an excellent overview of several utopian communities in the United States. What makes the book an even greater interest is Dolores Hayden's truly excellent craft of writing. In all of her books, this being one of the earliest, she combines wonderful insight about architecture and design with insightful, accessible and engaging writing. Unlike many authors who may have excellent ideas but are painful to work through, she has the great skill of remembering that readers are supposed to want to continue reading out of interest and not out of a sense of duty.