Neighborhood Alto da Barra, Portugal | @Ines Rodrigues 2019
CA18137 - MCMH-EU
European Middle Class
Mass Housing
MCMH has been generally underestimated in
urban and architectural studies and there is still
a lack of comparative analysis and global
perspectives. By crossing different approaches
focus on Architecture, Urbanism, Planning,
Public Policies, History, Sociology, our network
allows a wider understanding of MCMH sprawl,
deepening on-going researches and focussing
on the existing case studies.
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OSIEDLE 1000-lecia PP, Poland | @Janusz Grycel 2019
CA18137 - MCMH-EU
European Middle Class
Mass Housing
MCMH has been generally underestimated in
urban and architectural studies and there is still
a lack of comparative analysis and global
perspectives. By crossing different approaches
focus on Architecture, Urbanism, Planning,
Public Policies, History, Sociology, our network
allows a wider understanding of MCMH sprawl,
deepening on-going researches and focussing
on the existing case studies.
JOIN ACTION KNOW MORE
OSIEDLE 1000-lecia PP, Poland | @Janusz Grycel 2019
CA18137 - MCMH-EU
European Middle Class
Mass Housing
MCMH has been generally underestimated in
urban and architectural studies and there is still
a lack of comparative analysis and global
perspectives. By crossing different approaches
focus on Architecture, Urbanism, Planning,
Public Policies, History, Sociology, our network
allows a wider understanding of MCMH sprawl,
deepening on-going researches and focussing
on the existing case studies.
JOIN ACTION KNOW MORE
PRZYCZÓŁEK GROCHOWSKI, Poland | @Janusz Grycel 2019
CA18137 - MCMH-EU
European Middle Class
Mass Housing
MCMH has been generally underestimated in
urban and architectural studies and there is still
a lack of comparative analysis and global
perspectives. By crossing different approaches
focus on Architecture, Urbanism, Planning,
Public Policies, History, Sociology, our network
allows a wider understanding of MCMH sprawl,
deepening on-going researches and focussing
on the existing case studies.
JOIN ACTION KNOW MORE
PRZYCZÓŁEK GROCHOWSKI, Poland | @Janusz Grycel 2019
CA18137 - MCMH-EU
European Middle Class
Mass Housing
MCMH has been generally underestimated in
urban and architectural studies and there is still
a lack of comparative analysis and global
perspectives. By crossing different approaches
focus on Architecture, Urbanism, Planning,
Public Policies, History, Sociology, our network
allows a wider understanding of MCMH sprawl,
deepening on-going researches and focussing
on the existing case studies.
JOIN ACTION KNOW MORE
PRZYCZÓŁEK GROCHOWSKI, Poland | @Janusz Grycel 2019
CA18137 - MCMH-EU
European Middle Class
Mass Housing
MCMH has been generally underestimated in
urban and architectural studies and there is still
a lack of comparative analysis and global
perspectives. By crossing different approaches
focus on Architecture, Urbanism, Planning,
Public Policies, History, Sociology, our network
allows a wider understanding of MCMH sprawl,
deepening on-going researches and focussing
on the existing case studies.
JOIN ACTION KNOW MORE
CA18137 – MCMH-EU
European Middle Class Mass Housing
MCMH has been generally underestimated in urban and architectural studies and there is still a lack of comparative analysis and global perspectives. By crossing different approaches focus on Architecture, Urbanism, Planning, Public Policies, History, Sociology, our network allows a wider understanding of MCMH sprawl, deepening on-going researches and focussing on the existing case studies.
OBJECTIVES
The main aim and objective of the MCMH-EU
The main challenge of MCMH-EU is to create a transnational network that gathers European researchers carrying studies on Middle-Class Mass Housing (MCMH) built in Europe since the 1950s and to develop new scientific approaches by discussing, testing and assessing diverse case studies and their different methodologies and perspectives.
The target groups of the Action include three levels of end users:
  • Academic/scientific working groups;
  • Institutional stakeholders and policymakers;
  • Local communities.
MOU
WORKING GROUPS
MCMH-EU is being developed by 3 Working Groups
WG 1

Documenting the MCMH

WG 2

Development of a specific set of (new) concepts for MCMH analyses

WG 3

Leverage contemporary architecture interventions and Public Policies

COST Action CA 18137
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OBJECTIVES
The main aim and objective of the MCMH-EU

The target groups of the Action include three levels of end users:

  • Academic/scientific working groups;
  • Institutional stakeholders and policymakers;
  • Local communities.

The main challenge of
MCMH-EU is to create a
transnational network that
gathers European
researchers carrying studies
on Middle-Class Mass
Housing (MCMH) built in
Europe since the 1950s and
to develop new scientific
approaches by discussing,
testing and assessing diverse
case studies and their
different methodologies
and perspectives.

WG 1

Documenting the MCMH

WG 2

Development of a specific set of (new) concepts for MCMH analyses

WG 3

Leverage contemporary architecture interventions and Public Policies

WORKING GROUPS
MCMH-EU is being developed by 3 Working Groups

COST Action CA 18137
Join Action

Long After the Ring, Mass Housing May Not Be Apocalyptical

Mónica Pacheco

In: G. Cairns (ed.), AMPS Proceedings Series 3. Housing – A Critical Perspective. University of Liverpool; Liverpool John Moores University, Liverpool, 08 – 09 April (2015). pp 169-181

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Mónica Pacheco PhD, architect (Fa-UTL Lisbon), MA in Housing and Urbanism (A.A. London). She worked in architectural offices in Portugal and the Netherlands collaborating with offices such as UnStudio and OMA. She is Assistant Professor at the Department of Architecture and Urbanism of ISCTE-IUL in Lisbon since 2004. Her research focus is on urban and architectural education; its role in (re)theorizing discourses and agendas; its impact in (re)shaping the profession; and its physical and geographical translations. Member and researcher of DINÂMIA-CET, she participated in the international projects “Housing for the biggest number: Lisbon, Luanda, Macau”, “Coast to Coast: late infrastructural development in former Portuguese Africa (Angola and Mozambique): Historical-critical analysis and post-colonial assessment” and currently researcher of “Middle-Class Mass Housing in Europe, Africa and Asia”. She is presently part of the COST Action 18137 European Middle-Class Mass Housing. In 2016 she started developing an investigation as Visiting Research Fellow at the Bartlett-UCL on the history of the Department of Development and Tropical Studies at the Architectural Association. Through the analysis of its heritage and transnational network of expertise in the “global south”, her work-in-progress concerns a critical reading of the pre-established systems of knowledge transfer in postcolonial architecture.

ABSTRACT

Charles Jenks proclaimed the “Death of Modern Architecture”, metaphorically through the demolition of the Pruitt-Igoe housing estate, more than 40 years ago – precisely at a time when the private sector started to take over the welfare state almost everywhere. The paradox of claiming an “architecture for the people”, while a promulgating an economic-driven market which was obliterating the moral ambitions of architecture is outlined in the case study of the present paper. Portela de Sacavém is a mass-produced housing project − one of the principles of Modern Architecture – developed by the private sector in the outskirts of Lisbon for the upper middle class. Built over the 60’s and 70’s, the project is paradigmatic of a self-representing image that arrived in the capital from the ex-colonies and was promulgated for and by the emergent middle class at the time – it presented an image that was paradoxically linked with the provision of cheap houses for the working classes. The idea of a modern lifestyle was welcomed. It involved the car, the garage, the lift, the highway, and even the stereotyped anonymous character of the architecture – as opposed to the ‘ideal’ of individual suburban houses with private gardens. But, despite the modern character of the urban plan, the dwellings enclose a bourgeois Victorian vision of how private life should be lived. It became the model of the housing approach in the years to come and was popular. Thus, this paper will argue that ‘housing for the biggest number’ in the periphery of cities, as this project does, is not necessarily synonymous of ‘miserabilism’, as is the case with countless examples elsewhere. The reasons for this popularity might be manifold and deserve rigorous scrutiny. This paper opens the door to that. It also opens up a wider question about how the socialist ideals behind modernism could be so easily absorbed by liberalism and the private sector.
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Open Calls

CALL FOR PROPOSALS - For all Action-Members - Deadline for proposals extended to 17 July 2020
MCMH-EU Youtube Channel
Deadline for proposals
17/07/2020
Communication of selection
Until 30/07/2020 (will be done by an evaluation committee appointed for this specific role by the three WG-leaders)
Deadline for final videos
31/08/2020

MCMH-EU is organising a MCMH-EU Youtube Channel with a series of video podcasts from September 2020. This series will allow our action to remain active even in this time of health crisis, especially since we do not know when international travel will be allowed. Besides that, it is a good way to share our research and increase our COST-Action visibility beyond its members.

We are now looking for proposal with this Call for Proposals for all Action-Members. We highly encourage all Action-Members – in particular ITC and Young researchers – to submit a proposal for a video (up to 300 words) within the following thematic categories.

There will be two categories of videos podcasts:

  • A short version (6-8 min)
  • A long version (15-20 min)

The proposal should indicate which category applies.
We are very much looking forward to receive your proposals. Please send your proposal to the relevant WG-leader until 17/07/2020.

Thematic categories

  • MCMH History – Historical synopsis (Historical synopsis of a case study)
  • MCMH Architecture / Urbanism (e.g.: Learning from Projects; Maps/planning/GIS; Typologies; Housing and Collective Spaces; Landscape Views; Covid-19 pandemic)
  • MCMH Concepts / References (e.g.: Defining Middle Class; Housing and Social Class; Mass Housing)
  • MCMH Public Policies (e.g.: Country portrait, Case studies)
  • MCMH-EU Countries (Videos related to the different/selected countries)
  • MCMH-Touring cities (Videos related to the different/selected countries)
  • MCMH-Interviews (Interviews with another MCMH-EU member or any MCMH expert)
  • MCMH-Open Category (You are welcome to suggest another category)

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