of the Archidose
blog, reviews this paperback reprint of Modern Housing,
originally published in 1934, as well as the forward by Barbara Penner. Modern Housing
is widely acknowledged as one of the most important books on housing of the twentieth century. It catalyzed an intense period of housing activism in the United States, resulting in the Housing Act of 1937, which Catherine Bauer coauthored. In light of today’s affordable housing challenges. Bauer’s prescriptions for how to achieve humane and dignified modern housing remain as instructive and urgent as ever.
Catherine Bauer (Wurster) (1905–1964) was a leading public housing advocate and a lecturer at the University of California, Berkeley, where she was instrumental in the creation of its College of Environmental Design. Barbara Penner is an architectural historian and professor of architectural humanities at the Bartlett School of Architecture, University College London.