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In Detail: High Density Housing: Concepts, Planning, Construction
Date Published: Sep 2004
Stock Code: 36712
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Born of idealism, and once an icon of the Labour movement and pillar of the Welfare State, council housing is now nearing its end. But do its many...
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Review by Frank Filskow, Partner, Make Architects.
This addition to the “In Detail” series presents twenty-two selected international examples of recent high-density housing developments and offers an invaluable reference point for architects and urban designers considering any form of Housing proposal. In 1935, Le Corbusier proposed a model for single-family homes in a city context, and proclaimed the merits of transposing the traditional historic city from the horizontal to the vertical plane, thus making sun, space and views available to all. Now, seventy years later, it has never been more necessary to evolve an ecological city and to prevent further urban sprawl. This book forces us to consider the densification of our cities, the development of ideas for high density housing, and its socio-economic implications. Including detailed presentations illustrated with clear plans as well as photographs it challenges architects and urban designers to rise to the task of creating high quality housing in cities that goes beyond the requirements of young individuals. Schittich understandably draws heavily on housing in Germany. In particular, there have been many state-lead initiatives to promote high-density housing, and there is a culture of care and maintenance not often apparent Britain. By drawing on this rich resource, Schittich has given designers in this country the opportunity to discover innovative apartment housing solutions, whilst still responding to the local market.
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