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Building Today, Volume 1 Number 2 (January 1937)



Many Auckland architects have designs in hand for the first group of houses to be erected at Orakei, under the Government housing scheme.

Houses will be planned on the best modern principles, with attractive and varied exteriors and constructed of sound materials. Adjoining property owners should be well satisfied with the type of house to be erected. We anticipate publishing some typical designs in our April issue.

In this connection it is interesting to notice from the latest English periodicals that a good many controversial views on Housing Policy are now coming forward in the light of extensive experience. Conditions, of course, in the older cities are somewhat different from our own but nevertheless interesting; on the one hand we find those who decry the usefulness of modern multi-storey tenements with communal recreation grounds and gardens. On the other hand, we find those who are strongly critical of the individual cottage type of housing, contending that too great a proportion of the workers' income is spent on rent, leaving insufficient for the other necessities of life. It will certainly be interesting to see how our own Government housing scheme works out in actual practice.