Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 1971. First edition. Spiral Bound Wraps. Quarto, pp. 480, illustrated with b/w photographs and drawings. Ink signature by previous owner on front cover. Very Good. Item #19495
This study was an outgrowth of MIT's housing program in Cambridge, where they were developing 1,000 dwelling units at four sites in Cambridge for low-income citizens of the city not affiliated with MIT. The practical difficulties of producing large numbers of inexpensive dwelling units in a high-cost urban area led MIT to search for better solutions. A graduate seminar at MIT in the fall of 1969 investigated the feasibility of industrialized housing systems in MIT's housing program. The seminar concluded that sufficient evidence of feasibility existed to justify a more intensive study, leading to this report. MIT was deeply aware of the serious and deteriorating housing situation at the beginning of the 1970s in the nation generally, thus the focus was enlarged from Cambridge to the entire Northeast. A valuable reference for those interested in the history of low-cost urban housing.