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Urbani izziv Volume 20, No. 2, December 2009 : 74–82

UDK: 711.582:351.778.532; 316.334.54:316.422

 

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Author

Pascal DE DECKER

Hogeschool Gent and Sint-Lucas School of Architecture, Brussels and Ghent, Belgium
pascal.de.decker@skynet.be

Caroline NEWTON

Hogeschool Gent and Sint-Lucas School of Architecture, Brussels and Ghent, Belgium
caroline.newton@mac.com

 

Title

At the fall of Utopia

 

Abstract

Immediately after WW2 numerous large-scale housing estates began to spring up. More often than not they consisted of high-rises. Merely 50 years later a great number of these developments are in the process of demolition or are seriously undergoing restructuring. The Modernistic thoughts, inspired by the CIAM (Congrès International d’Architecture Moderne) movement and Le Corbusier seem to have lost the appeal they once held. In this contribution we look into this evolution and more specifically, we focus on the misinterpretation of the importance of the (symbolic) meaning of housing by the Modernist movement. A misjudgement, that eventually resulted in the speedy dismantling of these estates.

 

Key Words

meaning of housing, social housing estates, modernism, decay

 

 

 

PUBLISHER

Urbanistični inštitut RS
Urbani izziv - Editorial Board
Trnovski pristan 2, 1000 Ljubljana, SLO

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ISSN

Print edition: 0353-6483
Web edition: 1855-8399

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