Entrepreneurial Vernacular

Entrepreneurial Vernacular

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Suburban subdivisions of individual family homes are so familiar a part of the American landscape that it is hard to imagine a time when they were not common in the U. S. The shift to large-scale speculative subdivisions is usually attributed to the period after World War II. In Entrepreneurial Vernacular: Developers' Subdivisions in the 1920s, Carolyn S. Loeb shows that the precedents for this change in single-family home design were the result of concerted efforts by entrepreneurial realtors and other housing professionals during the 1920s. In her discussion of the historical and structural forces that propelled this change, Loeb focuses on three typical speculative subdivisions of the 1920s and on the realtors, architects, and building-craftsmen who designed and constructed them. These examples highlight the qshared set of planning and design concernsq that animated realtors (whom Loeb sees as having played the qkey roleq in this process) and the network of housing experts with whom they associated. Decentralized and loosely coordinated, this network promoted home ownership through flexible strategies of design, planning, financing, and construction which the author describes as a new and qentrepreneurialq vernacular.But one of the most important reasons for its successful use in the Ford Homes was the fact that its details could suggest the style in its ... Nevertheless, if the links that were noted between the Brightmoor houses and owner-builder traditions in Appalachia are justified, this simplicity and absence of detail does not mean thatanbsp;...

Title:Entrepreneurial Vernacular
Author: Carolyn S. Loeb
Publisher:JHU Press - 2001-08-03

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