The suburban detached single-family home is a major legacy of the
Fordist decades of the twentieth century. In 2011, two-thirds of German
households occupied such single-family houses. These buildings have
embodied the political support for a way of life and type of living
arrangement since the 1950s and continue to symbolise dreams of home,
prosperity, and social status. Today, West German suburbs consist mainly
of single-family homes built between the fifties and eighties. However,
municipal administrations and politics at the local level are now faced
with the emptying of single-family housing areas at the edges of
villages and small towns. At the same time, young families in particular
are calling for building plots in the countryside. Whilst remaining
aware of critiques of the single-family home in urban planning and
architecture, this interdisciplinary volume offers fresh insights to
this type of dwelling – from its place in everyday life and popular
culture, to changing welfare regimes and demographic change, and to the
implementation of ecological frameworks in the construction industry.
Authors: Anne Caplan, Christiane Cantauw, Sophie Chevalier, Carola
Ebert, Sabine Flamme, Julia Gill, Johanna Hartmann, Folke Köbberling,
Jakob Smigla-Zywocki, Elisabeth Timm, Inken Tintemann, Marcel Vellinga,
Katherin Wagenknecht, Johannes Warda, Gotthardt Walter.
Christiane Cantauw / Anne Caplan / Elisabeth Timm (eds.) (2019): Housing
the Family. Locating the Single-Family Home in Germany. Berlin: jovis.
327 pp., ISBN 978-3-86859-543-7.