California: The Great Exception by Carey McWilliams
11: Design and Class
How do architecture and design work as markers of class? How have the socioeconomic and demographic character of patrons and clients for architecture varied over time and place? Is one’s idea of beauty inexorably tied to class? What is there to say about the social status of architects? In what ways do schools of architecture encourage exclusionary taste cultures? The essays that follow explore the complex and delicate relationship between design and class.
Frederic J. Schwartz
Iain Boyd Whyte
Alice T. Friedman