Research

  • Atlanta Housing Interplay: Expanding the Interwar Housing Map
  • GRANTEE
    Christina E. Crawford
    GRANT YEAR
    2020

Burge and Stevens for the Public Works Administration Housing Division, Techwood Homes playground behind Building X, Atlanta, GA, ca. 1940. HABS GA,61-ATLA,60—16, Library of Congress “Prints and Photographs Division”

Atlanta, Georgia was the site of the first so-called “slum clearance” project in the United States, in 1934, and America's first completed—racially segregated—federally-funded public housing projects. Techwood Homes (for white families) and University Homes (for Black families), both composed of low-slung brick apartment buildings set in footpath-crossed open spaces, became architectural and planning models in the years following enactment of the National Housing Acts of 1934 and 1937. Through a detailed investigation of Techwood and University, this project expands the interwar architectural map to establish Atlanta’s role as a clearinghouse for European social housing ideas into the US. The research, writing, digital modeling, and cartography that emerge from this project will result in a monograph and allied digital public history project to test the capacities of new hybrid publishing formats.

Christina E. Crawford is an architectural and urban historian, a licensed architect, and assistant professor of architectural history at Emory University, interested in the agency of design during periods of intense transition. Her monograph Spatial Revolution (Cornell University Press, 2021) explores the foundations of early Soviet urban theory and practice, and additional scholarly writing can be found in Future Anterior, Harvard Design Magazine, the Journal of Architectural Education, Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians, and the Journal of Urban History. Her research has been supported by a Getty/American Council of Learned Societies Postdoctoral Fellowship in the History of Art; the College Art Association’s Millard Meiss Publication Fund; the Fulbright Program; the International Planning History Society; the Society of Historians of Eastern European, Eurasian and Russian Art and Architecture; the Weatherhead East Asian Institute; and the Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies at Harvard. Crawford received her PhD and master’s in architecture from Harvard University, and her bachelor’s from Yale University.