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Author Urban, Florian

Title Tower and slab : histories of global mass housing / Florian Urban

Publ Info Milton Park, Abingdon, Oxon ; New York : Routledge, 2012
Milton Park, Abingdon, Oxon ; New York : Routledge, 2012
 RWU Arch  ARCH HD7287.6.A3 U73 2012    ON SEARCH +1 HOLD
Descript xii, 208 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
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Note Includes bibliographical references and index
Contents Machine generated contents note: Mass housing -- between glory and shame -- Continuous principles: paternalism and standardization -- Seven historical narratives -- ch. 1 Social Reform, State Control, and the Origins of Mass Housing -- Housing and the social question -- The origins of industrialized construction -- The modernist movement in the interwar period: the first mass housing developments in Germany, France, and England -- The post-war era: mass housing goes global -- ch. 2 Mass Housing in Chicago -- Anti-high-rise America -- Tower blocks in the Black Belt -- Equal dwelling conditions in a market economy -- "Brutal buildings" -- New York exceptionalism -- Replacing towers with pitched-roof houses -- Exorcising the spirits of the past -- ch. 3 The Concrete Cordon Around Paris -- Victims of modernism? -- Charity and control -- Building a concrete cordon -- Sarcellitis: the mass housing disease -- Improving the grands ensembles? -- Cite de la Muette: mass housing and mass murder -- Mass housing and the geography of exclusion -- ch. 4 Slabs versus Tenements in East and West Berlin -- Battles over buildings -- Organic concrete blocks -- Fall from public grace -- The "murdered city" -- Blurred party lines -- The "slab" in East Berlin -- Demonic tower blocks, homely late-nineteenth-century tenements -- Reconfiguring old and new -- Ghettos for immigrants? -- The calm after the storm -- ch. 5 Brasilia, the Slab Block Capital -- Order and progress: a new metropolis as a condenser for modernization -- The superquadra -- Egalitarian dreams in a polarized country -- "City of Hope" and modernist dystopia -- The "tower in the jungle" -- Pilot plan versus satellite cities? -- An architectural comeback? -- ch. 6 Mumbai -- Mass Housing for the Upper Crust -- The tower and the slum -- A metropolis on seven islands -- Colonial precedents: the chawl and the apartment block -- From independence to neoliberalism: housing in a mixed economy -- 1993-present: the state as facilitator of housing -- "High-rise slums for the rich": the Back Bay land reclamation -- Why is there no prefabrication in India? -- Alternative approaches: sites and services -- Standardized upscale dwellings -- ch. 7 Prefab Moscow -- The industrialization of the Soviet construction industry -- Oxygen for the housing market -- Stratifications of a socialist metropolis -- Privatization and differentiation -- Panel buildings in Russia today -- ch. 8 High-Rise Shanghai -- The Shanghai skyline -- The 1950s: standard design, individual construction -- Modernist "new villages" -- Prefab experiments -- Structural reform: privatization and polarization -- High-rise apartments for the privileged and for the masses -- Tower block compounds versus historic alleys? -- Shanghai: future capital of tower block housing? -- ch. 9 Global Architecture, Locally Conditoned -- Adapting the mass housing block to local conditions -- Ambiguous effects, contextual perception -- Flexible meaning, inflexible architecture
LC subject High-rise apartment buildings -- Social aspects
Architecture and society
Alt Title Histories of global mass housing
ISBN 9780415676281 (hardback : alk. paper)
0415676282 (hardback : alk. paper)
9780415676298 (pbk. : alk. paper)
0415676290 (pbk. : alk. paper)