Carl Mackley Houses Project

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The Post World War II it started in the 1930’s also called the atomic age. During this time veterans came from War World II and many veterans and their families did not have a house. Many activists were designing many different house projects for many people especially for veterans’ soldiers who came from war. At first the Federal Government created the Federal Housing Administration which was to provide loans to be borrowed for Americans to able to purchase a house. At first Americans need it to pay the 15% out of the sale’s house to be able to own a house and have thirty years to pay the rest of the money. One of the projects that were the best known was Levittown, Long Island by the firm of Levitt and Sons, Inc. It was the most famous American …show more content…
This house project was finances by the Housing Division of the federal Public Works Administration (PWA). Mackley main idea was to offered many different alternative to conventional homes for all the needed poor people around this time. Another of Mackley reason of this project was to get neighbors be more connected to each other by offering recreational settings. For instance, in the book, “Civitas By Design, building better communities from the garden city to the new urbanism” by Howard Gillette, Jr, in chapter 8 says, “the placement of four apartment buildings around open space offered safe areas for play among children as well as gatherings of adults. Balconies and recessed porches in each unit facilitated exchange outside the home, even as a border of trees around the facility directed attention back to other common amenities—a community swimming pool, a cooperative grocery store, an auditorium, even roof space devoted to socializing.” (pg. 136). All of these recreational settings made the residents to feel more comfortable with all the neighbors by interacting along with their different neighbors around the …show more content…
On the total sixty houses projects that were considered from the Public Works Administration, a third was made apart for the black occupancy. Different architects made different ways of house projects for African Americans with different recreational places around their houses. To demonstrate, In the book, one of the houses projects listed by Robert Leighninger is the Harlem River Houses and Gillette mentions, “The Harlem River Houses incorporated all the amenities considered ideal to modern housing, including a central courtyard to enhance sociability, a nursery school with an attached outdoor play area, social rooms, and a large athletic field.” (pg. 137) This shows how some of the house projects were also very important for the African American and how important was the idea of making the neighbors more close to each other. Another house project that was made for African America was the designed by the architect Hilyard Robinson. For example, in the book, Gillette explains, “Hilyard Robinson, incorporated a range of recreational facilities concentrated in a central courtyard, described by one historian, “with its changing grade, open plan, and broad vistas,” as offering “a democratic space within the compound where neighbors and visitors could meet,” Every much as influence by the socially conscious models abroad that had

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