Since publication of the groundbreaking Encyclopedia of Housing in 1998, many issues have assumed special prominence within this field and, indeed, within the global economy. For instance, the global economic meltdown was spurred in large part by the worst subprime mortgage crisis we’ve seen in our history. On a more positive note, the sustainability movement and "green" development has picked up considerable steam and, given the priorities and initiatives of the current U.S. administration, this will only grow in importance, and increased attention has been given in recent years to the topic of indoor air quality. Within the past decade, as well, the Baby Boom Generation began its march into retirement and senior citizenship, which will have increasingly broad implications for retirement communities and housing, assisted living facilities, aging in place, livable communities, universal design, and the like. Finally, within the last twelve years an emerging generation of young scholars has been making significant contributions to the field. For all these reasons and more, we are pleased to present a significantly updated and expanded Second Edition of The Encyclopedia of Housing.
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Andrew T. Carswell, Ph.D., has been Assistant Professor, Department of Housing and Consumer Economics at the University of Georgia, Athens since 2003. He was granted a Ph.D. in urban affairs and public policy from the University of Delaware. He has written extensively about consumer issues related to housing issues, such as mortgage fraud and housing counseling. Dr. Carswell has also written several articles in refereed journals and industry magazines on the operations of residential property managers within apartment buildings. Before entering academia, he worked for several years within the housing industry, most notably at the National Association of Home Builders, Freddie Mac, and Fannie Mae. This breadth of scope regarding his housing research interests, plus his work experience within a variety of housing organizations make him uniquely qualified for serving as the General Editor of this revision.From Booklist:
Extensively updated since the first edition appeared in 1998, the second edition of The Encyclopedia of Housing approaches shelter from the perspectives of design, human ecology, environmental science, economics, and sociology, and it includes as many tables of economic data relating to housing as photographs or floor plans. New articles include Castle doctrine, Gated community, Mortgage fraud, Extended-stay motel, and Aging in place. In his introduction, editor Carswell notes that the gerontological entries are the biggest change from the previous edition. The encyclopedia is interdisciplinary in scope, drawing from contributors’ expertise in economics, demographics, construction technology, health sciences, criminology, landscape architecture, gerontology, and sustainability. Contributors include academics, archaeologists, and preservationists. The 300 articles are arranged alphabetically; each belongs to at least one of 22 overarching topics, or “nodes,” outlined in the “Reader’s Guide.” Nodes include “Abandonment,” “Homelessness,” “Development Patterns,” “Health,” “Mortgage Finance,” and “Sustainability.” Articles attached to the “Homelessness” node, for example, are Homelessness, Hoovervilles, Single-room occupancy housing, and Tent cities. The book’s focus is housing in the U.S., but the “Cross-National Research” node does include Housing abroad for each of the continents, Kibbutz, Igloo, and World Bank. Without exception, the articles examined were concise, clear, and accessible to students and professionals in the broad spectrum of disciplines and professions related to housing. Within a few pages, articles new to this edition make sense of recent housing-related financial issues (Housing bubble, Predatory lending). Articles typically include a historical overview, sometimes extending back to the ancient world (Building codes, Earth-sheltered housing); contemporary developments and statistics; and, as applicable, salient state and federal government legislation and regulation. University of Colorado–Denver professor of architecture and consultant Ping Xu’s article on feng shui exemplifies the strength of the encyclopedia encompassing ancient history, contemporary practice, and new applications for using the traditional Chinese practice to study ancient settlements. Most articles include carefully curated and updated suggestions for further reading. There are black-and-white photographs as well as charts and graphs. Appendixes include lists of housing associations, industry and academic journals, and historic federal legislation. The Encyclopedia of Housing is highly recommended for academic and technical institutions, and it will be indispensable for those with architecture, construction, urban-planning, and human-ecology programs. --Christine Whittington
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