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The craftsman
Vol. XVII, Number 3 (December 1909)

Stickley, Gustav
Rapid growth of the garden city movement, which promises to reorganize social conditions all over the world,   pp. 296-310 PDF (5.4 MB)

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                             A GROUP OF HOPS IN HAMPSTEAD GARDEN SUBURBS.
 building of workmen's cottages, singly and in groups, care being
 taken always to reserve plenty of ground space for gardens, orchards,
 playgrounds, and open greensward.
    One of the fundamental principles which led to the building of
 earden villages has been carefully observed in the planning of the
 Hampstead Garden Suburb, and that is the friendly in ingling of all
 classes. The promoters hold the belief that society is impoverished
 by class divisions and that each class loses more than it realizes in
 being shut away from a knowledge of ways of living other than its
 own. As this estate has had the advantage of being planned as a
 whole, and not in piecemeal as plots are taken by different builders,
 it has been made an essential condition of building that the dwellings
 of all be made attractive,-each with its own distinctive character,-
 as are the cottages and manor houses of the English villages. The
 larger gardens of the rich help to keep the air pure and the view
 open; and the cottage gardens add the homelike, generous element
 which ever follows the spade when wielded as man's recreation.
 Each detached house is surrounded with its own garden and, when
 a group of houses are combined under one roof as is frequently the
 case, a larger space is allotted for the common garden or green.
 The whole place reminds one of an English village on a large scale
 and in perfect repair, and anyone who has ever seen an English vil-
 lage knows that nothing else in the world fulfils quite so completely
 all that one has dreamed of as an ideally beautiful and restful place
 to live. The architects, working in consultation with Messrs. Parker
and Unwin, who supervise all the plans, have avowedly taken as

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