Last Harvest How a Cornfield Became New Daleville - Real Estate Development in America from George Washington to the Builders of the Twenty-First Century, and Why We Live in Houses Anyway

ISBN-10: 0743235967
ISBN-13: 9780743235969
Edition: 2007 (Annotated)
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Description: InLast Harvest, the award-winning author ofHomeandA Clearing in the Distancetells the compelling story of New Daleville, a brand-new residential subdivision in rural Pennsylvania. When Witold Rybczynski first heard about New Daleville, it was only a  More...

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List price: $27.00
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Scribner
Publication date: 4/17/2007
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 320
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.386
Language: English

InLast Harvest, the award-winning author ofHomeandA Clearing in the Distancetells the compelling story of New Daleville, a brand-new residential subdivision in rural Pennsylvania. When Witold Rybczynski first heard about New Daleville, it was only a developer's idea, attached to ninety acres of cornfield an hour and a half west of Philadelphia. Over the course of five years, Rybczynski met everyone involved in the transformation of this land -- from the developers, to the community leaders whose approvals they needed, to the home builders and sewage experts and, ultimately, the first families who moved in. Always eloquent and illuminating, Rybczynski looks at this "neotraditional" project, with its houses built close together to encourage a sense of intimacy and community, and explains the trends in American domestic architecture -- from where we place our kitchens and fences to why our bathrooms get larger every year. AsPublishers Weeklysaid, "Rybczynski provides historical and cultural perspective in a style reminiscent of Malcolm Gladwell, debunking the myth of urban sprawl and explaining American homeowners' preference for single-family dwellings. But Rybczynski also excels at 'the close-up,' John McPhee's method of reporting, where every interview reads like an intimate conversation, and a simple walk down neighborhood sidewalks can reveal a wealth of history." Last Harvestis a charming must-read for anyone interested in where we live today -- and why -- by one of our most acclaimed and original cultural writers.

Witold Rybczynskihas written about architecture forThe New York Times, Time, The Atlantic, The New Yorker, andSlate, and is the author of the critically acclaimed bookHomeand the award-winningA Clearing in the Distance. He is the recipient of the National Building Museum's 2007 Vincent Scully Prize. He lives with his wife in Philadelphia, where he teaches at the University of Pennsylvania School of Design.

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