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: