1st Edition

Architecture and the Housing Question

Edited By Can Bilsel, Juliana Maxim Copyright 2022
    268 Pages 59 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    268 Pages 59 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Architecture and the Housing Question examines how the design and provision of housing around the world have become central both to competing political projects and to the architecture profession. 

    How have architects acting as housing experts helped alleviate or enforce class, race, and gender inequality? What are the disciplinary implications of taking on shelter for the multitude as an architectural assignment and responsibility? The book features essays in the historiography of architecture and the housing question, and a collection of historical case studies from Belgium, China, France, Ghana, the Netherlands, Kenya, the Soviet Union, Turkey, and the United States. The thematic organization of the collection, interrogating housing expertise, the state apparatus, segregation and colonialism, highlights the methodological questions that underpin its international outlook.   

    The book will appeal to students and scholars in architecture, architectural history, theory, and urban studies.

    Introduction: Architecture and the Housing Question: Specific Histories Can Bilsel and Juliana Maxim 

    Part One. Whose History? Rethinking the Expert 

    1. Housing and History: The Case of the Specific Intellectual Reinhold Martin 

    2. Humanitarian Homemaker, Emergency Subject: Questions of Shelter and Domesticity Anooradha Iyer Siddiqi 

    3. "Oh, but This Isn’t Architecture!": The Paradoxical Heritage of French Public Housing Sandra Parvu and Alice Sotgia 

    Part Two. Housing and the State 

    4. Inventing Socialist Modern: Housing Research and Experimental Design in the Soviet Union Daria Bocharnikova 

    5. "Production First, Living Second": Welfare Housing and Social Transition in China Samuel Y. Liang 

    6. "Pillars" of the Welfare State: Postwar Mass Housing in Belgium and the Netherlands Miles Glendinning 

    Part Three. (De)Segregation and the Housing Enclave  

    7. Housing the People Who "Lived Free": Inhabiting Social Housing in the Tin-Can Neighborhood Kıvanç Kılınç and M. Melih Cin 

    8. Public Life and Public Housing: Charles Moore’s Church Street South Patricia A. Morton 

    Part Four. Land, Property, Colonization 

    9. Landing Architecture: Tropical Bodies, Land, and the Invisible Backdrop of Architectural History Ijlal Muzaffar 

    10. The Rise and Fall of California City Shannon Starkey 



    Can Bilsel is Professor of Architecture at the University of San Diego where he served as Chair of the Department of Art, Architecture and Art History, and the founding Director of the Architecture Program. He holds a PhD from Princeton University, SMArchS from MIT, and a B.Arch from METU in Ankara, Turkey. Bilsel has written and lectured on modern architecture and archaeology museums, and on the changing political contexts and audiences of architectural conservation. His publications include Antiquity on Display: Regimes of the Authentic in Berlin’s Pergamon Museum (Oxford, 2012), "Crisis in Conservation: Istanbul’s Gezi Park between Restoration and Resistance" (2017), "Our Anatolia: Organicism and the Making of the Humanist Culture in Turkey" (2007). He is currently working on a series of essays on urban protests, resistance and memorialization.

    Juliana Maxim, Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Art, Architecture and Art History at the University of San Diego, is an art and architectural historian whose work focuses on the history of modern aesthetic practices – from photography to urbanism – under the communist, centralized states of the Soviet Bloc. She completed her PhD dissertation in the History, Theory and Criticism of Architecture at MIT in 2006. Maxim was a recipient of the National Council for East European and Eurasian Research Award (2008-2010) and was an American Council for Learned Societies post-doctoral fellow (2012-2013). Her book titled The Socialist Life of Modern Architecture: Bucharest, 1955-1965 (Routledge), explores the remarkably intense and multifaceted architectural activity in postwar Romania and the mechanisms through which architecture was invested with political meaning.