Model Homes for Ukrainian Workers

Typovi proiekty robotnychykh budinkiv [Model projects for workers' housing].

Kharkiv: Derzhavne vydavnytstvo Ukraini, 1928. Oblong quarto (22 × 36 cm). Original limp red buckram, front board embossed in yellow; 11 pp. of text, [39] leaves of plates including plans and drawings, occasionally with descriptions to versos. Light overall wear; some scuffing to corners; still about very good.

Bilingual study on standardized housing projects for Soviet Ukrainian workers, with text and legends in Russian and Ukrainian. With two prefaces: "Rationalization in housing construction" (by V. Balitskii) and "Model projects of houses for workers" (by V. Vladimirov).

Developed by the Higher Committee for Technology and Construction of the Interior Ministry (Vyshchyi tekhnichno-budivel'nyi komitet), the twenty-three model apartment buildings presented in this edition sought to remedy a dearth of technological expertise and the increased need for housing in Soviet Ukraine. The book's goal was to improve the "rationalized" planning of such housing projects, to make them more economically feasible, and more technologically sound. The projects include single, two, and three story houses, with two and three room apartments intended for individual families, an undertaking that seems suspiciously luxurious for the time, especially given the inclusion of separate bathrooms in three-room apartments and the solid brick construction. The projects also contain details of plumbing and heating and were considered ready for implementation by builders, without requiring additional approval by the authorities.

One of 2000 copies.

As of February 2023, KVK, OCLC show a sole copy, in North America.

Book ID: 52560

Price: $2,750.00