Monday, 18 February 2019

1960's Soviet-era housing facing demolition

“We are not against beauty, we are against superfluity,” Nikita Khrushchev told Soviet architects in 1954. 
Speaking a year after Stalin's death, with the Soviet Union damaged by war and repression, Khrushchev ordered a nationwide effort to build housing cheaply and quickly. This, the most ambitious Soviet housing project, gave birth to the Khrushchevka — the distinctive five-story building named after the Soviet leader. Millions of Russians continue to live in them today. 
Sixty years on, however, Moscow authorities have decided they have had enough of the Khrushchevka. In a meeting with President Vladimir Putin on March 1, Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin announced plans to demolish around eight thousand of the post-war buildings. This equates to 25 million square meters of living space and will involve re-housing 1.6 million people – the population of a small European capital. The decision took Muscovites by surprise. After all, the plans to demolish a large part of the city had not been discussed in any public sphere, let alone parliament. “They decided everything for us, once again,” prominent architect Yevgeny Asse told The Moscow Times, adding he first heard about the plans on television. 

A truck transports parts of a Khrushchevka in 1960, Moscow, Soviet Union.

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Monday, 14 January 2019

Japan New Wave Public Housing

Kowa Danchi Offers a Renewed Vision of Housing Projects in Japan

The Kowa Public Apartment Complex was planned in Mihama, a coastal town in Aichi prefecture that has suffered from depopulation. A number of 2 and 3-story danchi buildings built in the 1950s plagued with structural deterioration and vacancies were to be torn down and replaced. But rather than building up, the town wanted to prioritize a warmer style of living that was closer to the ground. One that would be friendly to parents raising children but also seniors.


Wednesday, 26 December 2018

Best Modular Housing Unit: MOVIT by Pod Structures Singapore

Founded in Singapore in 2015, Pod Structures is a multi-disciplinary design and innovation start-up that produces solutions related to the field of modular and prefabricated construction. Earlier this week the firm launched its pilot modular home project called MOVIT. 
Installed at the front lawn of the startup’s office and workshop facility on Loyang Street, the 32-square-metre modular home is decked as a studio apartment comprising a living-dining area, a bathroom and a bedroom.  

Wednesday, 23 May 2018

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Monday, 4 January 2016

French Social Housing Experiments (1950s-1980s)

The Fading "Grands Ensembles" of Paris Laurent Kronental's Souvenir d'un Futur photos capture these stigmatized housing experiments and their aging residents. From the 1950s to the 1980s, Paris erected a series of massive apartment complexes to address a burgeoning housing crisis and accommodate an influx of foreign immigrants after WWII. Once seen as impressive manifestations of modern and postmodern ideology, these days the buildings are often stigmatized by the public and in the media, viewed largely as places of unemployment, delinquency, and exclusion. Source: