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Architecture and the Welfare State by Mark Swenarton, Tom Avermaete, Dirk van den Heuvel

By Mark Swenarton, Tom Avermaete, Dirk van den Heuvel

In the many years following international warfare , and partially based on the chilly conflict, governments throughout Western Europe set out formidable programmes for social welfare and the redistribution of wealth that aimed to enhance the typical lives in their voters. a lot of those welfare country programmes - housing, colleges, new cities, cultural and leisure centres – concerned not only development yet a brand new method of architectural layout, within which the welfare pursuits of those state-funded programmes have been delineated and debated. The influence on architects and architectural layout was once profound and far-reaching, with welfare country tasks relocating centre-stage in architectural discourse not only in Europe yet worldwide.

This is the 1st ebook to discover the structure of the welfare country in Western Europe from a global viewpoint. With chapters protecting Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, The Netherlands, Sweden and the united kingdom, the ebook explores the complicated position performed through structure within the formation and improvement of the welfare kingdom in either conception and perform.

Themes include: 

  • the function of the outfitted setting within the welfare nation as a political venture
  • the colonial size of eu welfare kingdom structure and its ‘export’ to Africa and Asia
  • the position of welfare kingdom initiatives in selling shopper tradition and monetary growth
  •  the photograph of the collective produced via welfare country architecture
  • the function of architectural innovation within the welfare state
  •  the function of the architect, in place of development businesses and others, in picking out what was once built
  • the dating among architectural and social theory
  • the position of inner institutional critique and the counterculture.

Contributors contain: Tom Avermaete, Eve Blau, Nicholas Bullock, Miles Glendinning, Janina Gosseye, Hilde Heynen, Caroline Maniaque-Benton, Helena Mattsson, Luca Molinari, Simon Pepper, Michelle Provoost, Lukasz Stanek, Mark Swenarton, Florian city and Dirk van den Heuvel.

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Federal allocation of long-term low-interest bearing loans, through which it was possible to finance up to 90 per cent of building costs, gave enormous impetus to development by non-profit cooperative housing construction societies. Rents based on redemption costs were higher than those in communal housing (built directly by the municipality) but affordable, and reflected the general economic improvement in the country. Gradually, communal housing construction was phased out in favor of cooperative housing development.

In architectural discourses of the time megastructure was part of an expanded notion of architecture in its full complexity and multiple relationships and connections – physical, social, political – at the instrumental scale of the city. The ludic aspect of English megastructure and especially of Archigram was embraced by Hollein, Prix, the Zünd-up group and Pichler. 33 It is not without significance that the radicalization of architectural culture in Vienna and other Austrian cities with important architecture schools (Graz in particular) in the 1970s coincided with a period of liberal reforms in Austrian social policy under Bruno Kreisky, leader of the Austrian Socialist Party (SPÖ) and Chancellor from 1970–1983.

In other countries, such as Belgium, a more decentralized policy prevailed, which enabled local initiatives taken by municipalities or cooperatives, helped by subsidies from the central state. 5 The deployment of 52 Hilde Heynen and Janina Gosseye the social welfare state system in post-war Belgium was thus initially largely organized along ideological lines. Social security was, for instance, distributed through unions and mutualiteiten (health insurance organizations) that bore clear ideological connotations.

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