Water cart? Sanitation? Hygiene and "street politics":
The quality of hygiene became an important aspect of the design and evaluation of public space over the course of the long 19th century - consideration was primarily made when planning and evaluating the primarily urban environment of the width of the streets, natural ventilation and the degree to which they could be lit using natural light, the area of the square, and the methods of cleaning. Hygiene was concerned with the external conditions of human life. It focused not only on the individual, since the health benefit to the individual was only one piece in the jigsaw of the national or state benefit. The public space designed according to modern hygiene criteria is therefore by principle a value-connoted environment and consequently a means of specific pro-national or pro-state “street politics”.
Moderní dějiny, redakce, Historický ústav AV ČR, v.v.i., Prosecká 76, 190 00 Praha 9, Czech Republic
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