Last Harvest From Cornfield to New Town: Real Estate Development from George Washington to the Builders of the Twenty-First Century, and Why We Live in Houses Anyway

ISBN-10: 0743235975

ISBN-13: 9780743235976

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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 and talked to everyone involved in the building of this residential subdivision -- from the developers to the township leaders, whose approval they needed, to the home builders and engineers and, ultimately, the first families who moved in. Always eloquent and illuminating, the award-winning author ofHomeandA Clearing in the Distancelooks 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 bathroomsget larger every year. Last Harvestwas voted one of the ten best books of 2008 by the editors of Planetizen, and as Publishers Weekly said, "Rybczynski provides historical and cultural perspectives in a style reminiscent of Malcolm Gladwell, debunking the myth of urban sprawl and explaining American homeowners' preference for single-family dwellings."
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Book details

List price: $15.00
Publisher: Scribner
Publication date: 5/13/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 336
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.50" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.660
Language: English

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.

Prologue
The Developer
Seaside
Epiphanies
Last Harvest
Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Real Estate
Joe's Deal
On the Bus
Meetings
Scatteration
More Meetings
Drop by Drop
On the Way to Exurbia
Design Matters
Locked In
House and Home
Generic Traditional
The Dream
Builders
A Compromise
Trade-offs
Mike and Mike
Ranchers, Picture Windows, and Morning Rooms
Pushing Dirt
The Market Rules
Bumps in the Road
Hard Sell
Competition
The Spreadsheet Buyers
Moving Day
Postscript
A New Afterword
Acknowledgments
Notes
Index
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