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Post-War Middle-Class Housing

Models, Construction and Change

Edited By Gaia Caramellino and Federico Zanfi

Post-war middle-class housing played a key role in constructing and transforming the cities of Europe and America, deeply impacting today’s urban landscape. And yet, this stock has been underrepresented in a literature mostly focused on public housing and the work of a few master architects.
This book is the first attempt to explore such housing from an international perspective. It provides a comparative insight into the processes of construction, occupation and transformation of residential architecture built for the middle-classes in 12 different countries between the 1950s and 1970s. It investigates the role of models, actors and policies that shaped the middle-class city, tracing geographies, chronologies and forms of development that often cross national frontiers.
This study is particularly relevant today within the context of «fragilization» which affects the middle-classes, challenging, as it does, the urban role played by this residential heritage in the light of technological obsolescence, trends in patterns of homeownership, as well as social and generational changes.
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EVELINE ALTHAUS M.A., PhD candidate and assistant researcher in housing studies at ETH CASE, Zurich. Studies in Social Anthropology, Environmental Studies and Studies of Religions at Fribourg University and Humboldt University of Berlin. Research in historical and urban anthropology, as well as social and community work. Current research and PhD project on “Neighbourhoods in Large Housing Complexes of the 1960s and 1970s in Switzerland. A Study of Change”.

ANAHI BALLENT Architect and PhD in History, she is Full Professor of History of Art and Architecture at the University of Quilmes and scientific researcher of the CONICET (National Council for Scientific and Technological Research). Member of the IESCT (Institute of Social Studies on Science and Technology) and the CHI (Centre of Intellectual History), she has published numerous articles and books chapters dealing with the history and politics of housing in Argentina. Her latest book is La casa y la multitud. Vivienda, política y cultura en la Argentina Moderna with J. F. Liernur (2014).

WOUTER BERVOETS Postdoctoral researcher at the Department of Architecture, KU Leuven. He studied Architecture at Sint-Lucas School of Architecture, Urban Planning at Erasmus University College Brussels, and received his PhD from the KU Leuven. As an architect he has worked on public, residential and commercial building projects. Since 2010 he has worked as a researcher on diverse topics such as slum redevelopment, social mix, spatial planning and housing policies.

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