Modern Housing: Heritage and Vitality





Modern Movement, Modern architecture, Modern housing


One of the main subjects in contemporary architecture is how to deal with the physical and intellectual requirements of transforming modern housing. Joan Busquets points out in his contribution to this issue, that the special effort made by modern architects and progressive housing politics during the 20th century must be reinterpreted and followed today. Intentionally, this issue brings a special focus on the Iberoamerican world, specifically Spain, Portugal and Latin America, with the aim of relocating it in a cultural world of predominantly Anglo-American historiography. In any case, it presents a very wide spectrum, including North America, Switzerland and Great Britain. For this reason the projects are presented as case studies, both housing politics in different countries, and paradigmatic architectural examples, either positive or negative.

How to Cite

Montaner, J. M., & Martínez, Z. M. (2014). Modern Housing: Heritage and Vitality. Docomomo Journal, (51), 10–11.




Author Biographies

Josep Maria Montaner, Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya

(b. Barcelona, Spain, 1954). Permanent professor of Theory of Architecture at the School of Architecture of Barcelona at the Polytechnic University of Catalunya, Spain. Lecturer in different universities in Europe, America and Asia. Author of more than 40 books on the theory of architecture. Writer in the newspapers El Pais and La Vanguardia.

Zaida Muxí Martínez, Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya

(b. Buenos Aires, 1964). Professor of Urban Planning at the School of Architecture of Barcelona at the Polytechnic University of Catalonia. Co-director, with Josep Maria Montaner of the 21st Century Sustainable Housing Lab since 2004 ( Expert in urban planning, architecture and gender. Member of Col·lectiu Punt 6 ( ). Zaida Muxí has published Arquitectura de la Ciudad Global (Barcelona, Gustavo Gili, 2009), Arquitectura y Política (with Josep Maria Montaner, Barcelona, Gustavo Gili, 2011) and has coordinated Postsuburbia (Barcelona, Comanegra, 2013).