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MCMH-EU COST Action Lecture Series

We are glad to announce the “second season” of “MCMH-EU series. This new season is composed of four talks and will be released every Wednesday at 15h00 (CET).
The talks are part of the lecture series “Writing the History of Post-war Housing Complexes and Neighborhoods. A Take on Research Strategies and Methodologies”, organized by Gaia Caramellino and Filippo De Pieri in the framework of the COST Action European-funded MCMH-EU CA18137, “European Middle-Class Mass Housing” and of the Phd Program in Architecture: History and Design (Politecnico di Torino).

Gaia Caramellino, DAStU_Politecnico di Milano
Filippo De Pieri, DAD_Politecnico di Torino


The talk challenges the common view that exhibitions are primary research outcomes to disseminate findings with by demonstrating their untapped potential as methodological tools to produce new forms of democratic, participatory knowledge that starts long before, and that may continue after the end of a show. The lecture explores this innovative model of exhibitions by drawing on the exhibition ‘At Home in Japan’, that I. Daniels curated at the Geffrye Museum in London in 2011, as well as the project “Disobedient Buildings” that Daniels designed around a major exhibition about aging housing, welfare and wellbeing in the UK, Romania and Norway (

Inge Daniels is an Associate Professor in Social Anthropology at the University of Oxford. Her research interests include housing, atmosphere and the built environment. She has conducted several long-term ethnographies inside homes in Japan culminating in her 2010 monograph ‘The Japanese House’. I. Daniels also has an ongoing interest in curation and exhibitions. She has curated an exhibition at the British Museum (2001) and her recent book What are exhibitions for? (2019) is based on an ethnography of visitors to her 2012 exhibition at the Geffrye Museum in London.

MCMH-EU COST Action Lecture Series

Head of HousingLab: History and Future of Living, Faculty of Architecture and Town Planning, Technion IIT Israel
«Housing as a Research Question and as a Field in the Architectural History of Israel-Palestine: The Pivotal Case Method»

Yael Allweil is Assistant Professor and Head of the “HousingLab: History and Future of Living” at the Faculty of Architecture and Town Planning, Technion IIT Israel. Her research explores the history of housing in Israel and Palestine and the history of struggles over urban public spaces and her work involves academic research and activism in the context of the Israeli housing social movement. She is the author of Home-Land: Zionism as Housing Regime 1860-2011 (Routledge, 2016).

VIDEO AUTHOR(S):Gaia Caramellino and Filippo De Pieri

FILMMAKER CREDITS: Gaia Caramellino and Filippo De Pieri- Microsoft Teams virtual class



MCMH-EU COST Action Lecture Series

ENSA Paris-Val de Seine/LAA_Laboratorie Architecture Anthropologie
«A COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN. The Recent Past and the Question of Sources in Writing the History of Post-war Housing in France.»

Sandra Parvu is an architect, a faculty member at the Paris-Val de Seine National Architecture School, and a research fellow at the Architecture and Anthropology Lab. Her book Grands ensembles en situation. Journal de bord de quatre chantiers (MetisPresses, 2011) explores the dialogue between political motivation and aesthetic research in the construction of postwar housing in France.

VIDEO AUTHOR(S):Gaia Caramellino and Filippo De Pieri

FILMMAKER CREDITS: Gaia Caramellino and Filippo De Pieri- Microsoft Teams virtual class



MCMH-EU COST Action Lecture Series

Scottish Centre for Conservation Studies/University of Edinburgh
«MASS HOUSING – A GLOBAL HISTORY Themes, Methodologies, Spin-Offs»

Miles Glendinning is the Director of the Scottish Centre for Conservation Studies and Professor of Architectural Conservation at the University of Edinburgh. He has published extensively on modernist and contemporary architecture and housing, conservation and Scottish architecture; his books include the award-winning Tower Block (with Stefan Muthesius) and The Conservation Movement. His current research is focused on the international history of mass housing, with planned books including a forthcoming global history (Mass Housing) and a history of public housing in Hong Kong.

VIDEO AUTHOR(S):Gaia Caramellino and Filippo De Pieri

FILMMAKER CREDITS: Gaia Caramellino and Filippo De Pieri- Microsoft Teams virtual class




‘Antiparochi and (its) architects’ (…. / / is a three-year collaborative research project conducted at the School of Architecture, National Technical Universitay of Athens, Greece (Dec.2018-Dec.2021), and funded by the Hellenic Foundation for Research and Innovation (HFRI) and the General Secretariat for Research and Technology (GSRT), under grant agreement no.1693.

The project deals with the history of ‘antiparochi’, the post-war uniquely Greek phenomenon (a land-for-flats ‘quid pro quo’ arrangement), which enabled wide access to homeownership in Greece. It unpacks antiparochi’s social history concentrating on the study of the metropolitan area of greater Athens, Greece’s capital city, and a period that spans from 1929 (when law 3741 on ‘horizontal ownership’ was introduced), to 1974, the end of the Military Junta. In a broader perspective, the research intends to offer valuable insights into wide-ranging historical issues related not only to the Greek urban environment but also to the short-lived epoch of economic and social Reconstruction, the development of the Greek Economy, politics of social integration, the construction of social identities and of the middle class in Greece.

The short documentary presents a small selection of the interviews that have been conducted within the research program. It is a short and selective story of antiparochi that arises on the one hand through the personal and subjective views, narratives and memories of the ‘protagonists’ of the phenomenon and on the other hand through the views of antiparochi’s scholars, focusing on the case of Athens.

Antiparochi – A Short Introduction (Greece, 20’, 2021) was shot between April 2019 and February 2020 as part of the ‘Antiparochi and its Architects’ research project by Stavros Alifragkis & Konstantina Kalfa on a Canon EOS 6D and edited with Adobe Premiere Pro 2020.

VIDEO AUTHOR(S):Stavros Alifragkis, Konstantina Kalfa, School of Architecture, National Technical University of Athens

FILMMAKER CREDITS: Stavros Alifragkis, Konstantina Kalfa.

RECORDING LOCATION: Between April 2019 and February 2020, Athens, Greece

VIDEO PARTICIPANTS & EXPERTS: Dimitris Antonakakis (Atelier 66), Suzana Antonakakis (Atelier 66), Giorgos Triantafyllou (Giorgos Triantafyllou + Partners), Dimitris Tzotzos (builder), Konstantinos Dekavallas (architect), Dimitris Koutroumbilas (subcontractor), Dimitri Philippides (professor emeritus, School of Architecture, NTUA), Dimitris A. Fatouros (professor emeritus, Department of Architecture, AUTH), Thomas Maloutas (professor of social geopgraphy, Department of Geography, Harokopio University), Maria Mantouvalou (professor emerita, School of Architecture, NTUA), Lefteris Makrikostas (builder), Vassilis Douros (builder).


Two portraits of European Middle Class MassHousing.
As the experts of their living environmentthe resident’s explain to us what is: valuable,problematic or desirable. We explore everydayneighbourhoods of Almere Haven and NewBelgrade, using resident’s testimonies as a toolfor analysis.This Video and used material is part of twoongoing PhD projects.

Anica Dragutinovic, Lidwine Spoormans, UtaPottgiesser, Svenja-Christin Voß, Marcel Cardinali.

FILMMAKER CREDITS: Svenja-Christin Voß



La Pallaresa complex is an interesting example of Contemporary Architecture planed by the Iberian ArchitectsStudio. The authors of the project are Roberto and Esteban Terradas and Eduardo Souto de Moura.

They were asked to create a new centrality by building 112social dwellings and 120 middle class apartments together with amenities on the urban scale such as a hotel, a multi-screen cinema, a bowling alley and a shopping Mall
Roberto Terradas, one of the authors, explains how they decide to build vertical buildings in order to free the land.He also explains that both housing types share the same structural concept: The supporting façades free the area between the façade and the central communication core, in order to be able to easily modify the plan of the dwellings when housing needs change.

They also aimed to created, through the formal dialogue between the two high-rise residential buildings a symbolic element, a gate to the existing neighbourhood.

For them it has been important to keep the sense of the site, to create a new green space, and to build vertically to allow the inhabitants from the third level up, to have a view of the sea.

La Pallaresa Complex was built from 2004 to 2011. It is located in Santa Coloma City, close to Barcelona. The video include photographs, plans and drawings from the authors archives.

VIDEO AUTHOR(S): Teresa Rovira, Carla Herrera.

FILMMAKER CREDITS: Alexia Roca de Viñals. Agencia TSC.

RECORDING LOCATION: Roberto Terradas summer residence.

VIDEO PARTICIPANTS & EXPERTS: Roberto Terradas, Alexia Roca de Viñals, Teresa Rovira.


The residential neighbourhood of New Belgrade is filmed here from the tower constructed to house the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Yugoslavia. We chose this vantage point to underscore the political set-up, social and ideological background of the1960s. The construction of the Central Zone of New Belgrade was a unique, Modernist architectural endeavour of its time. The concept of mass housing is explored as it was originally conceived: as a structural part of a complex urban landscape, of both social and spatial milieus. Large housing settlements, built worldwide after the Second World War, were supposed to overcome the problems with stand-alone buildings or neighbourhood units. They were themselves a performance of urban structure and as such.

The rather simple filming technique – Kameraschwenk – allows for “capturing” a wider perspective, while highlighting the intertwined social and spatial dimensions of modern urban planning. The shooting was performed as an act of construction: the elements of a segmented panoramic image dovetailing one another cinematically. Archival material inserted into the editing cuts illustrates or questions the historical narrative of the background.

The film pays tribute to Yugoslav mass housing by presenting one of its most impressive projects – the residential core of New Belgrade. It also reveals the emergence of a middle class, an inner contradiction of socialist modernisation, and opens the discussion about new forms of relationships between architecture and politics.

VIDEO AUTHOR(S): Marija Milinković & Marija Zurnić

FILMMAKER CREDITS: Sonja Dedić (video editing), Edward Djordjevic (text editing), Edvarad Djordjević and MarijaZurnić (narrators).


VIDEO PARTICIPANTS & EXPERTS: Dejan Vesić, Dragana Ćorović, Radovan Cukić, Oleksandr Nadtoka, Dezire Tilinger,Svetlana Tolić.


Dr Žana Stevanovic Institute of nacional importance Vinca- institute for nuclear science. The study provides a useful evidence base of the formulation and targeting of policies on improving the housing stock as part of a carbon reduction policy on one hand but on another how is reception based on this polices reflected on consumer- resident thermal comfort.Main target is balancing with these two strategies but more favorable on resident thermal comfort.Based on that when the information on consumers point of view is defined than it can be approached to upgrading scenarios and upgrading thermal identity for types of residential stocks with high population density. In such way concept of risking great dissatisfaction with residents is slightly controlled and processes.

The current regulation aims to define the thermal identity status of mass residential complexes. What is the goal is to establish strategies that have proven to be the best approach to this topic and a package of basic measures on how to start the transformation of mass housing complexes. What have been shown in practice are the risks of climate change on the one hand and the response from people from different backgrounds. The goal is to warn of possible risks of transformations and their stagnation. The goal should be to identify risk of climate change, doing measurements by methodology of EN 7730 and using different software depending what identification of problems are.

VIDEO AUTHOR(S):Dr Žana Stevanović

FILMMAKER CREDITS: MCMH Projects, CA18137, Instituto Universitario de Lisboa, Dinamiacet-Iul ISCTE, Institute of Nuclear Science Vinca.

RECORDING LOCATION: Belgrade, Republic of Serbia.

VIDEO PARTICIPANTS & EXPERTS: Dr Žana Stevanović, VojislavPopović, Bojan Stevanović.


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