'Door and window should be neither uninterrupted transitions nor abrupt separations. They should not be neutral zones in which inside gradually becomes outside and vice versa, but articulated places that belong both inside and out-places that lend significance to that which is on both sides, places where the presence of both sides is accepted simultaneously.'

(quoting Aldo Van Eyck) page 15

The first element of this government intervention pertained to the quantification and subsequently, the regulation of all sanitary matters surrounding housing… The second element of government intervention focused on the application of new materials and methods of construction, and on programming each Toom in a dwelling: the separation of workplace and home, the exclusion or separation greatly fromof all those outside the close family circle (boarders, servants, and the like), the regula- tion of mutual relationships and circulation systems, the individualization of rooms (one room and/or bed for each person), and the coordination of a dwelling's surface area to the size of the family. The aim was to create 'privacy' (a lesson in seclusion); to grant people the right to be themselves, undisturbed; and to camouflage behavior that was considered embarrassing or shameful according to prevailing norms and values. These two developmental axes came together in efforts to design new and 'purer' building types: the detached house, the row house, the high-rise apartment block, the horizontal block with external gallery access, the walk-up apartment with common stairwell; units for 'functional' or 'standardized' tenants.21

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