Later this summer BUILDER plans to look forward by taking a step back. We’re scouring the past century of production housing to find the homes that best represent each decade. We’re looking at both how the home advanced production housing from a standpoint of design, materials, and processes, while also fitting the economic and cultural climate of the time.

For some decades, the task is not too difficult (the Sears Kit Home, which took off in the 1910s, for example. And California’s Eichlers are a great post-war fit). But for other decades there’s a bigger hole. One decade that’s continuing to plague us is the tumultuous ’60s. It’s not like the decade didn’t yield innovation in production housing. The housing boom of the ’60s produced modern master planned communities in places like California and Arizona. The decade also brought about the planned city in Reston, Va., Coral Gables, Fla., and Columbia, Md., and the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) was developed to bring housing to less-fortunate Americans.
Should one of those things represent THE production home of the 1960s, or is there something else we’re missing? What do you think?

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