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Mass housing : modern architecture and state power-a global history  Cover Image Book Book

Mass housing : modern architecture and state power-a global history / Miles Glendinning.



"This major work provides the first comprehensive history of one of modernism's most defining and controversial architectural legacies: the 20th-century drive to provide 'homes for the people'. Vast programmes of mass housing - high-rise, low-rise, state-funded, and built in the modernist style - became a truly global phenomenon, leaving a legacy which has suffered waves of disillusionment in the West but which is now seeing a dramatic, 21st-century renaissance in the booming, crowded cities of East Asia. Providing a global approach to the history of Modernist mass-housing production, this authoritative study combines architectural history with the broader social, political, cultural aspects of mass housing - particularly the 'mass' politics of power and state-building throughout the 20th century. Exploring the relationship between built form, ideology, and political intervention, it shows how mass housing not only reflected the transnational ideals of the Modernist project, but also became a central legitimizing pillar of nation-states worldwide. In a compelling narrative which likens the spread of mass housing to a 'Hundred Years War' of successive campaigns and retreats, it traces the history around the globe from Europe via the USA, Soviet Union and a network of international outposts, to its ultimate, optimistic resurgence in China and the East - where it asks: Are we facing a new dawn for mass housing, or another 'great housing failure' in the making?"-- Provided by publisher.

Item details

  • ISBN: 9781474229272
  • ISBN: 1474229271
  • ISBN: 9781474222501
  • ISBN: 1474222501
  • Physical Description: xi, 675 pages : illustrations (black and white, and colour) ; 25 cm
  • Publisher: London ; Bloomsbury Visual Arts, [2021]

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Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Formatted Contents Note:
Pre-1914: the long mobilisation -- 1914-1945 : the maturing of mass housing in the age of emergencies -- Postwar mass housing : an introductory overview -- Housing by authority : post-war state interventions in the 'Anglosphere' -- Council powers : postwar public housing in Britain and Ireland -- France : the trente glorieuses of mass housing -- The Low Countries : pillars of modern mass housing -- Stability and continuity : West Germany and the alpine countries -- The Nordic countries : social versus individual? -- Southern Europe : social housing for kinship societies -- The USSR : developed socialism and extensive urbanism -- A quarrelsome family : the European socialist states -- Socialist Eastern Asia : mass housing and the Sino-Soviet split -- Latin America : chameleon continent -- Echoes of empire : postwar housing in the Middle East, South Asia and Africa -- From Third World to First World : mass housing in capitalist Eastern Asia -- Resilience and renewal : mass housing into the 21st century -- Race to the top : the new Asian developmentalism -- Conclusion : global and national, idealism and realpolitik.
Subject: Public housing.
Architecture and state.
Architecture and society.
Architecture and society
Architecture and state
Public housing

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