Until some years ago it was followed by everyone, the idea to build big houses, composed of several floors, which could host up to 10 and 20 families: this was a mistake. This meant to built military buildings, and not houses, where the crying of children, and the gossips of women and all kinds of noises break in every moment they need calm, to have a rest and the life becomes a community life, and the closeness to different families is the cause of moods, and disputes. An entrepreneur cannot obtain a loyal workforce using such a building.
He can only have wanderer workers, loving only a higher salary. The best house for workers must host only one family, and it has to be surrounded by a vegetable garden , shared with other families. We remember the english towns for workers, composed of long lines of houses, with a front garden and a back vegetable garden. The garden is encircled and it is the entrance; the door watches on a narrow corridor, on a side there is the living room; in front of the corridor a kitchen and between the living room and the kitchebìn a stair, to reach the two bedrooms, on the first floor. The latrines are on the back of the house , isolated. The houses are connected one to another one on the opposite sides, and so they are economic, and enough for every kind of family. Oldham Bolton, Accrington, are towns built in this way.
We remember the best satisfaction of the worker village of Mullhouse, where the houses are isolated, divided in four parts, joined on the converging corner. They are nice, they are enough for four families, but they use a bigger area, and they are more expensive.
Crespi d’Adda inaugurated a human sized architecture, which considers the true needs of the workers.