UK Exposition 1905 & 1907 - Today's 'Tomorrow's Garden City' competition was inspired by the 1905 and 1907 Cheap Cottages Exhibitions, two pivotal events in the history of Letchworth Garden City, UK.
Thomas Edison - From the IEEE Virtual Museum: Thomas Edison's all concrete house venture. In 1899, using leftover heavy equipment, he founded the Edison Portland Cement Company. Although at that time concrete (of which cement is a major component) was rarely used, Edison’s promotion of cement helped launch the industry. One of the ways he promoted cement was by building and selling low-cost concrete houses. Unfortunately, although his intentions were good, concrete housing added a second link in Edison’s growing chain of failures.
Edison’s concrete housing effort began around 1908. Portland cement (which Edison did not invent) was coming into fashion as a construction material. Edison and his team worked on perfecting a formula for mixing concrete (a mixture of cement and filler materials such as sand or gravel) and building re-usable steel molds to cast the walls of houses. By 1910, he had cast two experimental buildings—a gardener’s cottage and a garage—at his New Jersey mansion Glenmont. He announced in the press that he did not intend to profit from the venture, but would instead give away the patented information to qualified builders. Read the rest....very interesting.