Housing and the City explores housing histories, theories, and projects in diverse geographies. It presents a geographically dispersed history of the twentieth-century modern housing project and its social diagram, juxtaposed with case studies from the past and the present that suggest that we can live and work differently.
While the contributions are diverse in their theoretical approach and geographical situation, their juxtaposition yields transversal connections in the conception of the home and the city and highlights the diversity of architectural solutions in the formation of housing and its communities. The collection also reveals architecture’s contribution to the construction of the self and communities, the individual and the collective—as both urban spatial entities and socio-political concepts.
Housing and the City provides essential reading for students, academics, and practitioners interested in the history, theory, or current design of housing. At a time when cities are witnessing new ways of working, changing social demographics, increased geographical mobility, and mass migrations, as well as the pervasive threat of the climate crisis—all trends exacerbated by the Covid-19 pandemic—Housing and the City presents a historical and theoretical reflection on the question: what does it mean to be at home in the city in the twenty-first century?
Table of Contents
Introduction: Housing and the City: Architectural Experimentation and Social Diagrams - Katharina Borsi, Didem Ekici, Jonathan Hale, and Nick Haynes
Part 1: The Modern Housing Project in an International Context
Introduction to Part 1: The Modern Housing Project in an International Context - Didem Ekici and Jonathan Hale
Section 1.1 Formations
1. Language Logics: Housing in Translation - Irina Davidovici
2. Health, Tuberculosis, and the City: Strategies to Approach the Dwelling Hygiene of Berlin, 1882–1914 - Eva Eylers
3. The Concept of Type in Hellerau Garden City - Didem Ekici
4. The Logic of the Norm: LCC Urban Housing During the Interwar Period - Christopher Metz
Section 1.2 Modernism and Ideology
5. How Can Space Be Ideological? Communal Housing Projects in Vienna - Angelika Schnell
6. From the Cell to the Territory: The ‘Disurbanist’ Project of the OSA Group - Martino Tattara
7. Revolution Begins at Home: New Housing Typologies and Collectivisation of Life in Post-WWII Tehran - Hamed Khosravi
8. Kiryat Meir, the First Middle-Class Cooperative Housing Complex in Tel Aviv - Sigal Davidi
Section 1.3. Housing and the City in the Welfare State
9. Type and the Collective Space of the Housing Project - Nick Haynes and Katharina Borsi
10. Open Building and User Agency: Early and Contemporary Experiments in the Netherlands - Íñigo Cornago Bonal and Dirk van den Heuvel
11. Public-Private Partnerships and Medium-Density Housing in North Melbourne, Australia: From Hotham Gardens, 1959, to Northside Communities, 2021 - Catherine Townsend and Paul Walker
12. Housing Mid-Century Irish Publics: Some Paradigms - Gary A. Boyd and Brian Ward
Part 2: Collective Types and Urban Areas
Introduction to Part 2: Collective Types and Urban Areas - Katharina Borsi and Nick Haynes
Section 2.1 Collective Inhabitations
13. Ahmedabad Pols and the Transindivdual - Dorian Wiszniewski
14. Hidden Commons: Hutong Inversions - Doreen Bernath
15. Resilient Structure, Collective Form: Residential and Studio Building at the Former Berlin Flower Market - Tim Heide with Katharina Borsi
16. Together! Potentials for Cooperative Housing and Self-Organisation - Katharina Bayer with Nick Haynes
Section 2.2 Living and Working
17. Productive Morphologies and Intersecting Voids - Katharina Borsi
18. Open City/Closed City - Frances Holliss and Claude Dutson
19. The City Within the Home: Otto Steidle’s Genter Strasse Houses - Florian Kossak
Katharina Borsi is an Associate Professor at the Department of Architecture and Built Environment at the University of Nottingham. She teaches design and architectural and urban history and theory. Her research focusses on the intersection between housing, domesticity, and urbanism. She has lectured and published extensively on the history and theory of housing and urbanism in Berlin and elsewhere.
Didem Ekici is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Architecture and Built Environment at the University of Nottingham. She has held fellowships from Wellcome Trust, Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst, Wolfsonian-Florida International University, and the University of Michigan Institute for the Humanities. She is the co-editor of Healing Spaces, Modern Architecture, and the Body and author of articles on modern architecture, health, the body, asceticism, and urban memory.
Jonathan Hale is an architect and Professor of Architectural Theory in the Department of Architecture and Built Environment at the University of Nottingham. He is Head of the Architecture, Culture and Tectonics research group. He has published extensively on architectural theory and criticism, phenomenology and the philosophy of technology, the relationship between architecture and the body, and museums and architectural exhibitions.
Nick Haynes is an architect and runs a master's design studio at the University of Nottingham exploring the immanent strategic potential of architecture within the city. He is a PhD candidate at the University of Nottingham with his research titled "Primary Elements: Typological Innovation and Urban Performances".