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MODERNISM'S PIONEERING HOUSING HAS NOT LEFT QUITE THE LEGACY PLANNED

In 1933, Wells Coates told the Listener: 'We cannot burden ourselves with permanent, tangible possessions as well as our real, new possessions of freedom, travel, new experience - in short, what we call life.' The tiny fly in the ointment is that 'what we call life', by Coates' definition, is wholly dependent on what we call wealth. Isokon, the 'ideal' housing development which Coates helped to create (see pages 25-37), was designed to serve a life if not of af'uence then at least of ...

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