Highlights from SAHARA: Suburban Housing

by Jacqueline Spafford and Jeffrey Klee, SAHARA Co-Editors | Dec 09, 2016
This month’s highlights from SAHARA includes 20th-century suburban housing from around the globe. Searching “suburb” in the collection returns hundreds of images from across the United States and well beyond. Look for Mark Hinchman’s views of Subang Jaya, in Malaysia, as well as Dell Upton’s view of a cul-de-sac surrounded by oil tanks in Signal Hill, California. 

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1-7 Asmuns Hill, Hampstead Garden Suburb, Barnet, Greater London, England, United Kingdom. Barry Parker, architect and Raymond Unwin, planner, 1909. Richard Longstreth, Photographer.

Duplex on Str. Dimitrie Marinescu, Vatra Luminosa, Bucharest, Romania, 1933-1939, designed by I. Hanciu and N. Aprihaneanu. Vatra Luminoasa is a subdivision just outside the inner ring road of Bucharest. About 190 low-cost dwellings were built with funds provided by the Central Social Insurance Company.  Housing was restricted to workers and employees insured by the company. Juliana Maxim, photographer, 2013.

Karl Nordstroms vag, Sodra Angby, … designed by Edvin Engstrom, 1933-1940, Stockholm, Sweden. Jeffrey Klee, photographer, 2006.

2111 Otis Street, Durham, North Carolina, United States, c. 1940. College Heights (or College View) was a middle-class black neighborhood that grew up around what is now known as NC Central University, a college for African Americans. Dell Upton, photographer, 2016.

Sycamore Circle, Racquet Club Road Estates, Palm Springs, California, United States, designed by William Krisel and built by the Alexander Construction Company, c. 1959-1962. Andrew Hope, photographer, 2013.

Ranch house, Pepin Place, Madison, Wisconsin, 1959. Carl L. Gardner and Associates, planners; University of Wisconsin, developer. Dell Upton, photographer, 2012.

Subang Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia, 1988. Subang Jaya is a privately developed suburb in the periphery of Kuala Lumpur, planned by Goh Hock Guan. Mark Hinchman, photographer, 2013.

AlRehab Gated Community, New Cairo, Cairo, Egypt, designed by Mahmoud Yousry, 1996. Momen ElHusseiny, photographer, 2008.

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