- Habilitation Thesis
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This Habilitation thesis focuses on the relation between cities and urban housing estates, understood as ensembles of two or more, medium- to high-density, primarily residential buildings, conceived at the same time and with a level of common administration. The earliest housing estates were conceived islands of hygiene and propriety, kept apart from the decaying physical and moral urban fabric around them. This initial understanding propagated throughout the 20th century a surprisingly robust fiction of the estate as an autonomous unit, which failed to engage with the contradictions and conflicts of the industrial city. As an alternative approach, it might be useful to regard the relationship between the limited order of estates and the wider urban order as a dialectic of autonomy and integration. The manner in which estates relate to th city raises questions about the status of family and community in society. Based on case studies from the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, the research will examine how ‘common’ areas and shared territories have been planned and used, revealing the social consequences of architectural decisions. At a deeper level, the analysis leads to questions regarding the relationship between planning, design, and inhabitation, extending beyond physical qualities to their cultural significance. Show more
SubjectArchitecture; city planning; Housing; HOUSING ESTATES (ARCHITECTURE); Europe; 19th century; 20th century
Organisational unit09643 - Avermaete, Tom / Avermaete, Tom
02655 - Netzwerk Stadt und Landschaft D-ARCH
NotesThis research has been funded by the Marie Heim-Vögtlin Programme / Swiss National Science Foundation between 2014–2016 and greatly assisted by the gta Institute Postdoctoral Fellowship 2016–2017.
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