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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.

BIC Classifications

  • The arts (A)
    • Architecture (AM)
  • Humanities (H)
    • History (HB)
      • History: earliest times to present day (HBL)
        • 21st century history: from c 2000 - (HBLX)

BISAC Classifications

  • Architecture (ARC)
    • ARCHITECTURE / General (ARC000000)
  • History (HIS)
    • HISTORY / Europe / General (HIS010000)

THEMA Classifications

  • The Arts (A)
    • Architecture (AM)
  • History & Archaeology (N)
    • History (NH)
      • European history (NHD)
  • Time period qualifiers (3)
    • c 1500 onwards to present day (3M)
      • 21st century, c 2000 to c 2100 (3MR)