OUR SECOND GRANT PERIOD WAS POSTPONED TO OCTOBER 2021 INSTEAD OF APRIL 2021.
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.
Neighborhood Alto da Barra, Portugal | @Ines Rodrigues 2019
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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
OUR SECOND GRANT PERIOD WAS POSTPONED TO OCTOBER 2021 INSTEAD OF APRIL 2021.
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
Join Action
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

“Les Cahiers de la recherche architecturale urbaine et paysagère”, 8 | 2020
Photo Crédits Sabrina Bresson, Jardin partagé en pied d’immeuble dans un quartier de la rénovation urbaine, Le Sanitas, Tours, Avril 2012.

Architecture et logement social : quels renouvellements ?

Sabrina Bresson, Yankel Fijalkow & Ioana Iosa (coord.)

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Yankel Fijalkow represents France in the Management Committee and is the Co-leader of the Working Group 2 of MCMH-EU COST Action.
Yankel Fijalkow is a Professor of Social Sciences at The National School of Architecture of Paris-Val de Seine. He is also co-director of the Research Centre on Habitat “CRH”. He began his career in operational urban planning and supported a thesis under the direction of Marcel Roncayolo (EHESS) on a socio-historical perspective of urban facts. He also taught at the university in sociology and geography planning. He conducts research at various levels on the evolution of urban policy paradigms. He is the author of Sociologie des villes (Paris : La Découverte, 2017, 5th edition).

Sabrina Bresson is a sociologist, lecturer at The National School of Architecture of Paris-Val de Seine and co-director of the Research Centre on Habitat “CRH” (UMR CNRS 7218 LAVUE). Her work analyzes social housing practices, in view of urban transformations and changes in housing design. After a thesis on architectural experiments in social housing (2010), she became interested in alternatives in housing and participated in the activities of a European research network on “Collaborative Housing”. Since 2018, she has been coordinating a research program funded by the USH and the CDC on “collaborative practices in social housing.” She recently published “Collaborative housing and social inclusion. A French perspective” in the journal Housing, Theory and Society.

Ioana Iosa is an architect, doctor of urban planning and researcher at LAA/UMR 7218 LAVUE. Since 2020, she has been a member of the steering committee of the “Housing Tomorrow” (contracted by the French Ministry of Culture), active in the cross-cutting axis “History and Memory of Actors and Processes”. From 2011 to 2012, she also conducted research on self-promotional housing, as well as, from 2016 to 2018, research for MSH Paris Nord entitled “Patrimonialization, urban renewal and sustainable city. The challenges of a district emblematic of the architectural, urban and social experiments of the 20th century: the Maladrerie in Aubervilliers. ». From 2011 to 2014, she participated in the international research program “Conflicts of memory and representation among urban heritage actors: France-Romania-Turkey” supported by several French research organizations and the New Europe College (Bucharest).

ABSTRACT

The dialogue between architecture and social housing has given rise to many experimental projects, various historical examples of which include the garden city movement, the soviet Narkomfin Building, the Karl Marx-Hof in Vienna, Le Corbusier’s Cités Radieuses or the Aillaud Tours in Nanterre, France. Like recent projects, these experiments as well as the spread of heritage awareness throughout the 20th century enriched the thinking of developers and social housing managers. Nevertheless, social housing is defined differently in every country, regardless of whether it is destined for the population’s poorest fringes or open to the middle class, whether it is financed primarily by public authorities or also by other sources, or whether it gives tenants the status of renter or owner. Social housing, often called public housing, is likewise represented differently depending on national context. It strongly contributes to urban renewal, despite being present to varying degrees throughout Europe, from 4 % in Romania to 32 % in the Netherlands. The evolution of its meanings, design, actors or populations leads to new dynamics which act upon forms of architecture, urbanism and landscape architecture as well as upon spatial construction jobs and ways of living. What do these changes signify for social housing production? Which forms of its architectural renewal are we seeing?
This current issue intersects the implications of social housing in architecture within different European, American and Asian countries with the diversity of its forms of organization. A renewal in the debate surrounding social housing architecture, along with its functions and its principal actors, is revealed as we observe a simultaneous trend within housing policies, shifting in favor of market regulation. With the emergence of new challenges (social cohesion, demographic aging, climate change, energy savings, etc.), we uncover ways to adjust supply in terms of change, local context, needs and resources. In this way, the question also arises surrounding the notion of heritage and the meaning of heritigizing 20th century housing ensembles. This is especially the case in France, where the social housing stock is among the largest in Europe.

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Open Calls

CALL FOR ABSTRACT / Seminar "Lieux et Enjeux" April 21st, 2021 / History, memories and urban strategies: Meeting between CA MCMH and CRH lab - Deadline: March 7th, 2021
New call for Abstract

Abstract Submission Deadline

March 7th, 2021

Notification of Acceptance

Wednesday, March 10th, 2021

Seminar “Lieux et Enjeux”
lieux-et-enjeux

History, memories and urban strategies: Meeting between CA MCMH and CRH lab

Wednesday, April 21st, 2021 from 10:00 to 18:00 (CET) By Visio or in face-to-face depending on the evolution of the health situation.

Organizer

French CRH team

Contributions should be sent to the email address: ahmed.benbernou@paris-valdeseine.archi.fr

If you have any questions or requests for information, you can also contact us at the same address.

The members of the French team of our action are pleased to invite you to participate in the call for contributions for the seminar they are organizing on April 21st, 2021.
The purpose of this session is to inaugurate a future cycle of conferences in connection with COST Action MCMH. It will focus on the issue of urban renewal on which the CRH’s competences intersect with the concerns of many CA18137 members. More specifically, the analysis of architectural and urban strategies for the restoration and rehabilitation of the heritage of the modern movement and the identification of the different social processes that seek to maintain or attract the middle classes. More broadly, we will be able to cross-reference the narrative strategies and narrative settings that feed the projects and debates around renovation, rehabilitation and heritage, in relation with the history and the collective memories.

This seminar will be composed of 4 speakers from the French CRH team and 3 to 6 other international speakers from our action whose selection will be made on a simple abstract with the following deadlines:

Deadline to receive abstracts: Sunday, March 7th, 2021
Participants’ choice: Wednesday, March 10th, 2021
Seminar date: Wednesday, April 21st, 2021 from 10:00 to 18:00 (CET) By Visio or in face-to-face depending on the evolution of the health situation.

Contributions should be sent to the email address: ahmed.benbernou@paris-valdeseine.archi.fr
If you have any questions or requests for information, you can also contact us at the same address.

The session will be held in English.

For more information, please find here the link to the preliminary program of the seminar.

CALL FOR ABSTRACT / Urban Planning Open Access Journal | ISSN: 2183-7635 - Volume 7, Issue 1 / The Terms of Dwelling: Re-Theorizing Housing through Architecture / Submission of Abstracts: 1-15 March 2021
New call for Abstract

Submission of Abstracts

1-15 March 2021

Submission of Full Papers

15-31 July 2021

Publication of the Issue

January/March 2022

The Terms of Dwelling: Re-Theorizing Housing through Architecture
open_jornal_issuee

Editor(s)

Yael Allweil (Technion – Israel Institute of Technology) and Gaia Caramellino (Politecnico di Milano)

Further information about the journal’s open access charges and institutional members can be found here.

In the framework of the contemporary global housing crisis, housing has a central, unquestioned role for individuals’ access to employment, education, and political citizenship. Hence the current global crisis involves remarkably similar issues, even if the concrete causes of housing disparity seem unrelated. Whether access to housing is challenged through war and persecution; lack of formal planning; or the growing unaffordability of housing as market product, the effects are the same: the reappearance of substandard tenements, lack of housing options, involuntary displacement, and growing spatial and economic inequality.

For several decades, architecture has been glaringly absent from both the analysis of and responses to the housing crisis. This is in stark contrast to the history of twentieth-century modern architecture, in which architects played a decisive role in defining mass housing as a social need to be provided as a public good and housing design and production constitutes the ground for architectural and planning experiments, playing a crucial role also in the shaping and transformation of the urban fabric.

Two dominant interpretive frameworks were proposed for this lack. The first is explained by the state’s detachment from the national housing project in the mid-1970s, the dismantling of the welfare state and privatization, and later the neoliberalization of housing markets. In this analysis, the social framework for housing as public good has been removed. The second framework points to the tight constraints of housing design, even at the high end of the market, by regulatory and financial considerations, leaving little room for architects’ expression. Consequently, “architecture” as cultural product is often seen as distinct from and separate from “housing” as a socio-economic need.

Nonetheless, the past few years saw re-emergence of the question of housing design in architects’ education and discussions of architecture’s role in and contribution to the world’s growing socio-economic inequality which is fundamentally rooted in the housing crisis (Schumacher, 2018; Self, 2016). Re-theorizing the architecture of housing as an intrinsic part of the social, financial, political, and territorial aspects of dwelling is an urgent component of the critical assessment of past and current experiences and the goal of providing insights to tackle contemporary challenges. This thematic issue of Urban Planning intends to question how the architectural discipline can contribute in closing the divorce between housing and architecture, as well as in re-articulating the question of housing as an architectural and planning problem.

The issue proposes to investigate the terminology used to designate housing as a way to question the relation between housing, architecture and planning culture. Contributions could analyze select terms, concepts and notions, considered in relation to their understanding in the housing discourse and practice, contributing to provide a new insight on urban and planning cultures, forms and policies over the 20th century.

Looking at the lexicon used to discuss dwelling, the papers could also examine the multiple origins and changing meanings of the terms, when shared by diverse fields (normative, political, planning, administrative, financial) or migrating across countries, disciplines, and cultures. Sometimes crystallized or re-invented through images produced to advance specific spatial or social meanings, the lexicon can bring together diverging local and global realms, acquiring an international dimension with diverse implication at local level.

Looking at the lexicon used to discuss dwelling, the papers could also examine the multiple origins and changing meanings of the terms, when shared by diverse fields (normative, political, planning, administrative, financial) or migrating across countries, disciplines, and cultures. Sometimes crystallized or re-invented through images produced to advance specific spatial or social meanings, the lexicon can bring together diverging local and global realms, acquiring an international dimension with diverse implication at local level.

Instructions for Authors

Authors interested in submitting a paper for this issue are asked to consult the journal’s instructions for authors and submit their abstracts (maximum of 250 words, with a tentative title) through the abstracts system (here). When submitting their abstracts, authors are also asked to confirm that they are aware that Urban Planning is an open access journal with a publishing fee if the article is accepted for publication after peer-review (corresponding authors affiliated with our institutional members do not incur this fee).

Open Access

The journal has an article publication fee to cover its costs and guarantee that the article can be accessed free of charge by any reader, anywhere in the world, regardless of affiliation. We defend that authors should not have to personally pay this fee and advise them to check with their institutions if funds are available to cover open access publication fees. Institutions can also join Cogitatio’s Membership Program at a very affordable rate and enable all affiliated authors to publish without incurring any fees. Further information about the journal’s open access charges and institutional members can be found here.

CALL FOR ABSTRACT / DOCONF2021 / Facing Post-Socialist Urban Heritage - Deadline: 31 March 2021
New call for Abstract

Abstract Submission Deadline

31 March 2021

Notification of Acceptance

19 April 2021

Budapest on the 8-9th of October 2021 – Facing Post-Socialist Urban Heritage
budapest

Organizer

BME Urbanisztika Tanszék
Urban Housing LAB
Department of Urban Planning and Design
Faculty of Architecture
Budapest University of Technology and Economics, Hungary
urb.bme.hu

The DOCONF series provides a comparative overview of current doctoral research in architecture, landscape architecture, and urban planning focusing on the urban challenges related to the physical – built and natural – environment of the post-socialist cities in Central and Eastern Europe (CEE), and post-soviet Asia. Those invited include doctoral students or post-doctoral researchers (with a PhD/DLA degree earned after the 1st of January 2016) – specializing in architecture, urban design, urban planning, or landscape architecture.

The DOCONF gives the chance for young researchers to find relevant international context regarding their research topic, to present and discuss in a conference, and to publish a final full paper (15000 – 20000 signs) in the double peer-review DOCONF2021 e-proceedings, or a research poster in the DOCONF exhibition. However, DOCONF gives chance for further publication in scientific journals related to our network (30000-40000 signs). In addition, you could discover Budapest, the capital city of Hungary!

DOCONF2021 proposes six conference SESSIONS with presentations
mass housing // shrinking cities // the fifties // recovery // re-collective // leisurescapes
and a research poster: next normal session.
Every session is prepared, proofread, and moderated by three academics, members of the scientific board, who are university teachers, and most of them are doctoral supervisors 1) at the BME Department of Urban Planning and Design, Budapest;  2) at a university in another post-socialist country; 3) and in a Western country.

For abstract submission give your doctoral data, select your main session (and a second possible), write your title and  250-300 words long abstract proposal related to the general topic of the DOCONF series Facing Post-Socialist Urban Heritage, and to the special topic of your main session.

CALL FOR VIDEOS PROPOSALS - For all Action-Members - Open call
MCMH-EU Youtube Channel

Watch the videos from 7 October!

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)
– Lecture Series

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.

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)

CALL FOR POSTERS - New Deadline December 25th, 2020
New call for posters

Deadline

December 25th, 2020

Online Survey

November 11th – December 25th, 2020

Evaluation: January 2021

Publication: Spring 2021

Coordinators

Prof. Dr. Uta Pottgiesser

Dr. Müge Akkar Ercan

Dr. Luisa Smeragliuolo Perrotta

Ms. Olga Harea

Mr. Ahmed El-Amine Benbernou

We are pleased to announce the launch of the second call for contributions to produce posters on the theme of middle class and mass housing, that will remain open. You can download the attached poster template and return it to us by email to our action address mcmh.eu@gmail.com.

You have the possibility of making one or more posters. It can present a research, a general presentation of your work, a master’s program, a thesis, the presentation of your research lab, …

Your contributions will be welcome throughout the year.

For information, a collection of posters is being prepared and will be published as a book at Open Access. If you wish to be included in this publication project it is imperative to send us your poster before December 25th, 2020. For posters received after this date, a simple posting on the action website could be considered.

If you would like to participate in this call, we also invite you to take the time to fill our online survey by clicking on the following link: MCMH-Survey and this before December 25th, 2020. This information is needed to improve our analyses and the graphics that are included in the booklet and to complete the data for the future interactive map on our website.

Thank you!

CALL FOR PAPERS - “Optimistic Suburbia II - Middle-Class Large Housing Complexes” - Deadline: 20 December 2020
Optimistic Suburbia II - Middle-Class Large Housing Complexes

CALL FOR PAPERS

Deadline: 20 December 2020
More information

The “Optimistic Suburbia II – Middle-Class Large Housing Complexes” has its starting point in a research on large housing complexes in the outskirts of Lisbon, Luanda and Macau, then enlarged to Antwerp and Milan. In the last decades of the 20th century, these housing complexes were instrumental for the urban growth, showing similarities as well as differences in Europe and beyond. Drawing from this context the conference intends to open the reflection on these complexes on broad realities, showing the multiple features of urbanizations in several geographical, chronological and social contexts.

The objective is to put into perspective the shaping and the pattern of autonomous neighbourhoods, both of private and public promotion, on the outskirts of big cities, for the middle-class and designed in the second half of the twentieth century. Originally isolated in the orbit of large cities, they were characterized by a set of high-rise buildings of modern design, which were progressively articulated with the evolution of the historical city through major roads, which often ended up determining its limits.

This model, which arose in the interwar period (1918-1939), marked, globally and in particular in the cities which were most affected by the two major wars, more than 40 years of an urban planning convinced of the benefits of decongesting the historic centres – freeing them of degraded and insalubrious living conditions –, of the rationalization of the city and of the development of metropolises served by circulatory systems of transportation to wooded suburbs. Imbued with desires of progress and social aspirations of a new culture and optimism, this model was also controversial and the target of criticism.

Although the origin of the referred model is located within an architectonic culture of central European matrix, its use occurred throughout a long time and in very diverse contexts, such as in Africa, South America and Asia (while in the United States of America this model never triumphed, facing the strength of the “American dream house”), with the middle-class as its target.

The objective of this Second International Conference is that of acknowledging the initial principles of the model proposed for the middle-class, describing and reflecting on the diversity of results and on the different ways of appropriation in very diverse geographical, social, chronological and cultural contexts. Therefore, are welcomed researches on architecture, urbanism, architecture and urbanism history, impact on the periphery urban areas, social sciences, economics, cultural issues related with the theme, as art, image and media (publications, film, photography…) and other important subjects. Aspects as terminology, concepts and representation will be addressed as well.

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