Living Over the Store
This book by Howard Davis, published by Routledge (UK) in 2012, is a cross-cultural account of one the most ubiquitous urban buildings, that combines commercial and residential uses under the same roof. The building, which appears in different forms in most cultures of the world, has played a critical role in urban inclusion by allowing a family to make maximum use of its land, permitting a single investment to be used for both work and dwelling.
Based on research and fieldwork in various countries in Asia and Europe as well as the United States, the book brings together architectural analysis and history, urban economics and social history to help put these buildings into their social and economic contexts. It is illustrated with drawings, photographs, and paintings, from the author's own collection and various archives in the United States and Europe.
Table of Contents
Part I: The Shop/House as a Global Phenomenon
Part II: The Fabric of Everyday Life
Part III: The Death and Life of the Modest Shop/House
Conclusion: Hybrid urban practice