A City for Children: Women, Architecture, and the Charitable Landscapes of Oakland, 1850-1950 (Historical Studies of Urban America)

A City for Children: Women, Architecture, and the Charitable Landscapes of Oakland, 1850-1950 (Historical Studies of Urban America)

By: Marta Gutman (author)Hardback

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While the dynamic urban landscapes of New York, Boston, and Chicago have been widely studied, there is much to be gleaned from west coast cities, especially in California, where the migration boom at the end of the nineteenth century permanently changed the urban fabric of these newly diverse, plural metropolises. In A City for Children, Marta Gutman focuses on the use and adaptive reuse of everyday buildings in Oakland, California, to make the city a better place for children. She introduces us to the women who were determined to mitigate the burdens placed on working-class families by an indifferent industrial capitalist economy. Often without the financial means to build from scratch, women did not conceive of urban land as a blank slate to be wiped clean for development. Instead, Gutman shows how, over and over, women turned private houses in Oakland into orphanages, kindergartens, settlement houses, and day care centers, and in the process built the charitable landscape - a network of places that was critical for the betterment of children, families, and public life, often riddled with social inequalities and racial prejudices. Spanning one hundred years of history, A City for Children provides a compelling model for building urban institutions and demonstrates that children, women, charity, and incremental construction, renovations, alterations, additions, and repurposed structures are central to the understanding of modern cities.

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About Author

Marta Gutman is associate professor of architectural and urban history at the Spitzer School of Architecture, City College of New York and visiting professor of art history at the Graduate Center, City College of New York. She is a licensed architect.

Product Details

  • publication date: 26/09/2014
  • ISBN13: 9780226311289
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 448
  • ID: 9780226311289
  • weight: 767
  • ISBN10: 0226311287

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