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The New Tenement – Residences in the Inner City Since 1970

Florian Urban Book about dense, medium-rise, multi-storey residences: inner city housing

14 Nov 2017

The New Tenement – Residences in the Inner City Since 1970

The New Tenement – Residences in the Inner City Since 1970 by Florian Urban

• New publication by Florian Urban, Professor and Head of Architectural History and Urban Studies at the Mackintosh School of Architecture at the GSA.

• Book examines the dense, medium-rise, multi-storey residences that have been the backbone of European inner-city regeneration since 1970.

A publication on the new tenement by Florian Urban, Professor and Head of Architectural History and Urban Studies at the Mackintosh School of Architecture at the GSA, has been issued by Routledge. The result of the research project which was funded by the Leverhulme Trust, the publication involved research in Glasgow, London, Copenhagen, Rotterdam, Paris, Vienna and Berlin.

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A 310-page book, which includes over 300 colour illustrations, The New Tenement focuses principally on five cities – Berlin, Copenhagen, Glasgow, Rotterdam, and Vienna. It relates the architectural design to an evolving intellectual framework that mixed anti-modernist criticism with nostalgic images and strategic goals, and absorbed ideas about the city as a generator of creativity, locale of democratic debate, and object of personal identification.

In an analysis of new tenements within the context of the post-functionalist city and its mixed-use neighbourhoods, redeveloped industrial sites and regenerated waterfronts Urban posits that these buildings are both generators of and an outcome of an urban environment that has been characterised by information exchange rather than industrial production, by the rise of individual expression rather than mass culture, by visible history rather than comprehensive renewal, and by conspicuous difference rather than egalitarianism.

These new tenements evolved under a welfare state that all over Europe has come under pressure, but still to a certain degree balances and controls heterogeneity and economic disparities.

Part one of the book explores architecture and the return to the inner city with chapters on The New Tenement, New Tenement Style, and The IBA Berlin and the Genesis of the New Tenement City.

Part two of the book looks at Local Conditions, Local Policies, and Symbolic Projects and has chapters on Berlin (Political Upheavals and “Critical Reconstruction”), Copenhagen (Waterfront Metropolis and Welfare State Capital), Glasgow (The Reinvented Industrial City), Rotterdam (Port Town, Reconstruction Showcase, Immigrant Hub) and Vienna (The City that Never Changes?).

Part three of the book looks at Urban Housing Themes with chapters on Post-Industrial Housing and Urbanizing the Suburbs.

Professor Urban was supported in the research by Ambrose Gillick (Mackintosh School of Architecture at the GSA) and Lorenzo de Chiffre (Vienna Technical University).

Florian Urban is Professor and Head of Architectural History and Urban Studies at the Mackintosh School of Architecture, Glasgow School of Art. He holds an MA in Urban Planning from UCLA (2001) and a Ph.D. in History and Theory of Architecture from MIT (2006). He is the author of Neo-historical East Berlin: Architecture and Urban Design in the German Democratic Republic 1970–1990 (Ashgate 2009) and Tower and Slab: Global Histories of Mass Housing (Routledge 2012).

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