Mass Housing in EuropeMass Housing in Europe

Utrecht: Faculty of Geosciences, Utrecht University. Musil, J. (1987) Housing
Policy and the Social–Spatial Structure of Cities in a Socialist Country: The
Example of Prague. International Journal of Urban and Regional Research, 11 (1
), pp.

Author: Sako Musterd

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9780230274723


Page: 285

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Based on empirical research from 29 major postwar housing estates in 15 European cities, this collection explores mass housing experiments, examining the problems, policy responses and residents' everyday experiences in the estates in the context of change and regeneration.

Manufacturing a Socialist ModernityManufacturing a Socialist Modernity

For many inside and outside the region, the uniformity of these buildings became symbols of the dullness and drudgery of everyday life. Manufacturing a Socialist Modernity complicates this common perception.

Author: Kimberly Elman Zarecor

Publisher: University of Pittsburgh Press

ISBN: 9780822977803


Page: 480

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Eastern European prefabricated housing blocks are often vilified as the visible manifestations of everything that was wrong with state socialism. For many inside and outside the region, the uniformity of these buildings became symbols of the dullness and drudgery of everyday life. Manufacturing a Socialist Modernity complicates this common perception. Analyzing the cultural, intellectual, and professional debates surrounding the construction of mass housing in early postwar Czechoslovakia, Zarecor shows that these housing blocks served an essential function in the planned economy and reflected an interwar aesthetic, derived from constructivism and functionalism, that carried forward into the 1950s. With a focus on prefabricated and standardized housing built from 1945 to 1960, Zarecor offers broad and innovative insights into the country’s transition from capitalism to state socialism. She demonstrates that during this shift, architects and engineers consistently strove to meet the needs of Czechs and Slovaks despite challenging economic conditions, a lack of material resources, and manufacturing and technological limitations. In the process, architects were asked to put aside their individual creative aspirations and transform themselves into technicians and industrial producers. Manufacturing a Socialist Modernity is the first comprehensive history of architectural practice and the emergence of prefabricated housing in the Eastern Bloc. Through discussions of individual architects and projects, as well as building typologies, professional associations, and institutional organization, it opens a rare window into the cultural and economic life of Eastern Europe during the early postwar period.

Suburban Land QuestionSuburban Land Question

Town, 155, 158, 159; universities, 152, 158, 162; Western models, 29, 151,155,
159 shanty towns, 28, 217, 223, 233. See also informal settlements ... housing
socialism, Soviet. See mass housing, socialist; Soviet Union The Socialist City ...

Author: Richard Harris

Publisher: University of Toronto Press

ISBN: 9781442626959


Page: 340

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The purpose of The Suburban Land Question is to identify the common elements of land development in suburban regions around the world.

From Socialist to Post Socialist CitiesFrom Socialist to Post Socialist Cities

This continued a trend where city centers were increasingly dominated by
monumental ensembles of governmental offices, elite housing, prestigious
cultural institutions, and historical monuments while mass housing and industry
occupied the ...

Author: Alexander C. Diener

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781317585886


Page: 208

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The development of post-socialist cities has become a major field of study among critical theorists from across the social sciences and humanities. Originally constructed under the dictates of central planners and designed to serve the demands of command economies, post-socialist urban centers currently develop at the nexus of varied and often competing economic, cultural, and political forces. Among these, nationalist aspirations, previously simmering beneath the official rhetoric of communist fraternity and veneer of architectural conformity, have emerged as dominant factors shaping the urban landscape. This book explores this burgeoning field of research through detailed cases studies relating to the cultural politics of architecture, urban planning, and identity in the post-socialist cities of Eurasia. This book was published as a special issue of Nationalities Papers.

Modeling Post Socialist UrbanizationModeling Post Socialist Urbanization

24 Richard Antony French, F. E. Ian Hamilton, eds., The Socialist City (Chichester
: John Wiley & Sons, 1979). ... public housing; the predominance of mass
housing in the habitat regime; the deterioration of older parts of the city; belated ...

Author: Daniel Kiss

Publisher: Birkhäuser

ISBN: 9783035616491


Page: 208

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This book examines Budapest’s urban development, planning, and governance between 1990 and 2010. In the face of socialist urbanization’s structural legacies, the recent radical decentralization of government and resources and the impacts of a post-socialist war of ideologies, a trend is analyzed which leads to an urbanization mostly characterized by business-dominated development projects not integrated into any grand urban design. The author claims this outcome to be typical of the development of post-socialist cities and presents it in an abstract model establishing links between particular historical background conditions and the phenomena of Budapest’s recent urbanization. With a conversation between Kees Christiaanse, Ákos Moravánszky, and the author.

Tower and SlabTower and Slab

Ch. 1.

Author: Florian Urban

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781136638503


Page: 224

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Tower and Slab looks at the contradictory history of the modernist mass housing block - home to millions of city dwellers around the world. Few urban forms have roused as much controversy. While in the United States decades-long criticism caused the demolition of most mass housing projects for the poor, in the booming metropolises of Shanghai and Mumbai remarkably similar developments are being built for the wealthy middle class. While on the surface the modernist apartment block appears universal, it is in fact diverse in its significance and connotations as its many different cultural contexts. Florian Urban studies the history of mass housing in seven narratives: Chicago, Paris, Berlin, Brasilia, Mumbai, Moscow, and Shanghai. Investigating the complex interactions between city planning and social history, Tower and Slab shows how the modernist vision to house the masses in serial blocks succeeded in certain contexts and failed in others. Success and failure, in this respect, refers not only to the original goals – to solve the housing crisis and provide modern standards for the entire society – but equally to changing significance of the housing blocks within the respective societies and their perception by architects, politicians, and inhabitants. These differences show that design is not to blame for mass housing’s mixed record of success. The comparison of the apparently similar projects suggests that triumph or disaster does not depend on a single variable but rather on a complex formula that includes not only form, but also social composition, location within the city, effective maintenance, and a variety of cultural, social, and political factors.

Cultural Landscapes of Post socialist CitiesCultural Landscapes of Post socialist Cities

There have been constructed many landscape features aimed to correspond to
the social aspect of the communist ideology, like mass housing, cultural and sport
facilities, schools, technical infrastructure and many others. Most of the newly ...

Author: Mariusz Czepczyński

Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Ltd.

ISBN: 0754670228


Page: 209

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Since the velvet revolution of 1989, the totalitarian communist urbanscapes of central European cities have been 'cleansed' or 'recycled', bringing in new architectural, functional and social forms to transform how they look and how they are used. This book examines the culturally conditional variations between local powers and structures despite the similarities in the general processes and systems. It assesses whether these urbanscapes clearly reflect the social, cultural and political conditions and aspirations of these transitional countries and so a critical analysis of them provides important insights.

The City in Cultural ContextThe City in Cultural Context

Transformation ofIslamic cities in Soviet Middle Asia into socialist cities. In The
socialist city, R. A. French and ... Urban housing in the Soviet Union. In
Economicaspects oflife in the USSR, ... Cambridge, Mass.: MIT Press. Lofland,
L. H. 1973.

Author: John Agnew

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781135667153


Page: 320

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Routledge Library Editions: The City reprints some of the most important works in urban studies published in the last century. For further information on this collection please email [email protected]

The Provisional CityThe Provisional City

The problem of mass housing at the time of the New Deal inherently bred
socialist utopian visions of a better city. The modernist manifestation — the
aesthetic of public housing — was a function of the political and practical
transformation new ...

Author: Dana Cuff

Publisher: MIT Press

ISBN: 0262532026


Page: 380

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A look at urban transformation through the architecture and land development of large-scale residential projects.

Embodied UtopiasEmbodied Utopias

Drawing upon communist and Confucian philosophies of frugality, whereby mass
education and self-subsistence ... The frugal city, the city that combined mass
housing with minimal expenditure, redefined Bauhaus style as proletarian.

Author: Amy Bingaman

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781134537563


Page: 336

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Utopia has become a dirty word in recent scholarship on modernism, architecture, urban planning and gender studies. Many utopian designs now appear impractical, manifesting an arrogant disregard for the lived experiences of the ordinary inhabitants who make daily use of global public and private spaces. The essays in Embodied Utopias argue that the gendered body is the crux of the hopes and disappointments of modern urban and suburban utopias of the Americas, Europe and Asia. They reassess utopian projects - masculinist, feminist, colonialist, progressive - of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries; they survey the dystopian landscapes of the present; and they gesture at the potential for an embodied approach to the urban future, to the changing spaces of cities and virtual landscapes.

Building SocialismBuilding Socialism

In Building Socialism Christina Schwenkel examines the utopian visions of an expert group of Vietnamese and East German urban planners who sought to transform the devastated industrial town of Vinh into a model socialist city.

Author: Christina Schwenkel

Publisher: Duke University Press

ISBN: 9781478012603


Page: 431

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Following a decade of U.S. bombing campaigns that obliterated northern Vietnam, East Germany helped Vietnam rebuild in an act of socialist solidarity. In Building Socialism Christina Schwenkel examines the utopian visions of an expert group of Vietnamese and East German urban planners who sought to transform the devastated industrial town of Vinh into a model socialist city. Drawing on archival and ethnographic research in Vietnam and Germany with architects, engineers, construction workers, and tenants in Vinh’s mass housing complex, Schwenkel explores the material and affective dimensions of urban possibility and the quick fall of Vinh’s new built environment into unplanned obsolescence. She analyzes the tensions between aspirational infrastructure and postwar uncertainty to show how design models and practices that circulated between the socialist North and the decolonizing South underwent significant modification to accommodate alternative cultural logics and ideas about urban futurity. By documenting the building of Vietnam’s first planned city and its aftermath of decay and repurposing, Schwenkel argues that underlying the ambivalent and often unpredictable responses to modernist architectural forms were anxieties about modernity and the future of socialism itself.

A Critical History of Contemporary ArchitectureA Critical History of Contemporary Architecture

8 R.A. French and F.E. Ian Hamilton, The Socialist City: Spatial Structure and
Urban Policy (Chichester and New York: Wiley, ... See Virág Molnár, “In Search of
the Ideal Socialist Home in PostStalinist Hungary: Prefabricated Mass Housing or

Author: Asst Prof David Rifkind

Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Ltd.

ISBN: 9781472429391


Page: 530

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This book provides a comprehensive, critical overview of the developments in architecture from 1960 to 2010. The first section provides a presentation of major movements in architecture after 1960, and the second, a geographic survey that covers a wide range of territories around the world. This book not only reflects the different perspectives of its various authors, but also charts a middle course between the 'aesthetic' histories that examine architecture solely in terms of its formal aspects, and the more 'ideological' histories that subject it to a critique that often skirts the discussion of its formal aspects.

Residential Open BuildingResidential Open Building

Mass. Housing. to. Open. Building. Governments have designed and executed
large urban interventions throughout ... Championed by government and
institutional bureaucracies, mass housing spread throughout capitalist and
socialist ...

Author: Stephen H. Kendall

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781135806767


Page: 320

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Residential Open Building, the result of a CIB Task Group 'Open Building Implementation', provides a state-of-the-art review of open building, fundamental principles, recent developments, and international coverage of current projects on both the public and private arena. Open Building is a highly flexible and economical method of building which has far reaching advantages for urban designers, architects, contractors, developers and end users.

Zionist Architecture and Town PlanningZionist Architecture and Town Planning

Town. Planning. in. the. Early. Twentieth. Century. The lack of previous traditions
in Zionist architecture for the new-old homeland ... by the need for physical
expression of the new social structures and the demand for mass housing for
new immigrants, as well as the shortage of funds. ... a socialist ideal.1 Early
Israeli architecture is divided into four phases: up to 1920, the 1920s, the 1930s,
and the 1940s.

Author: Nathan Harpaz

Publisher: Purdue University Press

ISBN: 9781557536730


Page: 277

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Established as a Jewish settlement in 1909 and dedicated a year later, Tel Aviv has grown over the last century to become Israel's financial center and the country's second largest city. This book examines a major period in the city's establishment when Jewish architects moved from Europe, including Alexander Levy of Berlin, and attempted to establish a new style of Zionist urbanism in the years after World War I. The author explores the interplay of an ambitious architectural program and the pragmatic needs that drove its chaotic implementation during a period of dramatic population growth. He explores the intense debate among the Zionist leaders in Berlin in regard to future Jewish settlement in the land of Israel after World War I, and the difficulty in imposing a town plan and architectural style based on European concepts in an environment where they clashed with desires for Jewish revival and self-identity. While “modern” values advocated universality, Zionist ideas struggled with the conflict between the concept of “New Order” and traditional and historical motifs. As well as being the first detailed study of the formative period in Tel Aviv's development, this book presents a valuable case study in nation-building and the history of Zionism. Meticulously researched, it is also illustrated with hundreds of plans and photographs that show how much of the fabric of early twentieth century Tel Aviv persists in the modern city.

Synthetic SocialismSynthetic Socialism

Plastics, the modern apartment, and socialism were radically new, but after the
euphoria of their newness faded, the jolt of the ... Social relations changed
drastically for those who moved into the satellite cities, causing people to change
their lives. ... thatlingered for residents of the mass housing developments long
after the excitement over having a bathroom and modern-looking apartment wore

Author: Eli Rubin

Publisher: UNC Press Books

ISBN: 9781469606774


Page: 304

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Eli Rubin takes an innovative approach to consumer culture to explore questions of political consensus and consent and the impact of ideology on everyday life in the former East Germany. Synthetic Socialism explores the history of East Germany through the production and use of a deceptively simple material: plastic. Rubin investigates the connections between the communist government, its Bauhaus-influenced designers, its retooled postwar chemical industry, and its general consumer population. He argues that East Germany was neither a totalitarian state nor a niche society but rather a society shaped by the confluence of unique economic and political circumstances interacting with the concerns of ordinary citizens. To East Germans, Rubin says, plastic was a high-technology material, a symbol of socialism's scientific and economic superiority over capitalism. Most of all, the state and its designers argued, plastic goods were of a particularly special quality, not to be thrown away like products of the wasteful West. Rubin demonstrates that this argument was accepted by the mainstream of East German society, for whom the modern, socialist dimension of a plastics-based everyday life had a deep resonance.

Open CityOpen City

Today mass produced housing in western society is largely discredited as a
historic failure and blamed for urban ... Even two decades after the Soviet Union
has collapsed and capitalism has invaded the socialist city , the same design and

Author: Tim Rieniets


ISBN: STANFORD:36105215304366


Page: 464

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Author information Contributors to part 1 Ash Amin, Marc Angelil, Regina Bittner, Stephen Cairns, Kees Christiaanse, Angelus Eisinger, Orhan Esen, Gerald Frug, Stephen Graham, Dieter Läpple, Mark Michaeli, Robert Neuwirth, Arnold Reijndorp, Tim Rieniets, Christian Salewski, Saskia Sassen, Peter Sloterdijk, Michael Zinganel. Contributors to part 2 Crimson Architectural Historians, Interboro, Stephen Cairns, Daliana Suryawinata, Philipp Misselwitz, Can Altay, Jörg Stollmann, Rainer Hehl, Bart Goldhoorn, Alexander Sverdlov, and many others.

New ObservationsNew Observations

Socialist cities such as Dar - es - Salaam and Cairo in Africa and Sarajevo in the
former Yugoslavia , link the International Style with Marxist cities in ... The frugal
city , the city that combined mass housing with minimal expenditure , redefined ...



ISBN: UCSD:31822028581692



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The Urban WorldThe Urban World

Case study : The socialist city Figure 3.5 A socialist city housing area Elek Tamás
UTCA Although the communist regimes of ... The square was frequently used for
military parades and mass demonstrations in support of the socialist regime .

Author: M. E. Witherick

Publisher: Nelson Thornes

ISBN: 0748744193


Page: 96

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Intended for students of A-Level geography, this book on the urban world offers a wide range of case studies and an integated approach to all aspect of geographical study. Students are helped to progress from GCSE and Standard Grade as they work through the questions that appear at regular intervals in the book and the enquiry activities at the end of each chapter. One of a series of books, this title also provides exam support.

The Entrepreneurial CityThe Entrepreneurial City

None of the smaller cities possess a specific image or local economic identity
which would raise their levels of ... s portrayal as a ' socialist city ' , based on its
extensive areas of ' socialist mass housing ' to accommodate the region ' s lignite

Author: Tom Hall

Publisher: John Wiley & Son Limited

ISBN: UOM:39015045642140


Page: 370

View: 104

This work offers an assessment of the "entrepreneurial city"--Its strengths, weaknesses, problems and consequences - assessing how far "post-Fordist" city government is truly entrepreneurial and whether this is the best way to run urban areas.