Brave New Home: Our Future in Smarter, Simpler, Happier Housing

November 30, 2020
Brave New Home: Our Future in Smarter, Simpler, Happier Housing

A smart, provocative look at how the American Dream ofsingle-family homes, white picket fences and two-car garages becamea lonely, overpriced nightmare, and how new trends in housing canhelp us live better.Over the past century, American demographics and social normshave shifted dramatically. More people are living alone, marryinglater in life, and having smaller families. At the same time, theirlifestyles are changing, whether by choice or by force, to becomemore virtual, more mobile, and less stable. But despite the waysthat today's America is different and more diverse, housing stilllooks stuck in the 1950s.In Brave New Home, Diana Lind shows why a country full ofsingle-family houses is bad for us and our planet, and details thenew efforts underway that better reflect the way we live now, toensure that the way we live next is both less lonely and moreaffordable. Lind takes readers into the homes and communities thatare seeking alternatives to the American norm, frommulti-generational living, in-law suites, and co-living tomicroapartments, tiny houses, and new rural communities.Drawing on Lind's expertise and the stories of Americans caughtin or forging their own paths outside of our cookie-cutter housingtrap, Brave New Home offers a diagnosis of the current crisis inAmerican housing and a radical re-imagining of the possibilities ofhousing.