From courts to open space to streets: changes in the site design of US public housing

K. A. Franck, M. Mostoller

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Public housing in the US has undergone significant changes in site design and building type over the course of its 60 yr history. These changes fall into three distinct stages: semi-enclosed courts formed by walk-up buildings; expanses of open space in sites composed of row-house, walk-up, or elevator buildings; and most recently private outdoor spaces and semi-enclosed or fully enclosed courts for row-house and other low-rise buildings. The relationship of buildings to streets also changed during these periods. This paper describes these design changes, using public housing in Newark, NJ as a case in point. The authors explore the accompanying shifts in ideas and values expressed in the professional literature that constituted one basis for adopting the new designs. -from Authors

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)186-220
Number of pages35
JournalJournal of Architectural & Planning Research
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1995

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Architecture
  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Environmental Science (miscellaneous)
  • Urban Studies


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