Thomas Edison sought to revolutionize residential construction by mass-producing affordable, attractive, and durable homes for working-class families. From 1906 to 1910 he conducted extensive research into casting single-family houses with reusable molds and a single pour of concrete.
This talk will examine Edison’s ideas, experimentation, and patents, as well as the legacy of his research. Although Edison’s own endeavors did not advance beyond the prototype stage, his associates and former employees used his ideas to build numerous workers housing projects in the U.S. and in Europe.
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