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Notes on the Geography of Germany: Berliner Moderne Housing Estates: Photo 4

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The nickname was the Paintbox Estate--a reference to Taut's choice of strong colors. Originally the label was pejorative, but it has stuck and lost its sting. The philosophy underlying the project was to provide housing for families with varying incomes--and to give even the poorest a dedicated bathroom and kitchen. The garden-city esthetic is suggested also by the gardens themselves, which were conceived as vegetable patches.

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