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
ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Byron Ioannou represents Cyprus in the Management Committee and is a member of the Working Group 3 of MCMH-EU COST Action. He studied Architecture (Dip. Eng.) and Urban & Regional Planning (MSc and PhD) at the National Technical University of Athens. He has also studied Planning Law (PG Cert) at Leeds Beckett University. He has an extended professional and research experience in planning, built environment and development issues. He is a member of ETEK (CY), TEE (GR) and the Royal Institute of Town Planners (UK). His current research focuses on development plans and regulation processes, planning law and inclusive urban development, environmental aspects of urban development, urban green, density and sprawl.

ABSTRACT

The paper studies the evolution of early suburban neighbourhoods in the context of the post-colonial urban development and planning. The Planning Report of the colonial Government of Cyprus in 1959 examines the foundations of urban development in Cyprus and at the same time implies a surprisingly sustainable vision for the future of planning. Despite this early intentions and guidance, the urban districts developed far from being sustainable under widely accepted criteria and indicators (participation, effectiveness of planning and development control, sprawl, character and identity, green). The basic hypothesis is that planning has proved insufficient in providing rational urban development. The paper outlines the roots of the planning shortcomings during the last fifty years. British perceptions on planning of the first half of the 20th century influenced the 1959 Report, which affected, in turns, the legislation which followed. It is explained why development constrains and land market restrictions prevented the implementation of rational key ideas, and sustainable visions throughout the years. The paper concludes in attempting to visualize these dynamic processes at the early suburban neighbourhoods and measure distortions on densities, green spaces and layouts by taking an early suburban district as a case study.

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Open Calls

CALL FOR POSTERS - Deadline November 30th, 2020
New call for posters

Deadline

November 30th, 2020

Online Survey

November 11th- 30th, 2020

Evaluation: December 2020

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 November 30th, 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 November 30th, 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.

CALL FOR 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)

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)

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