Middle-class Housing as a Cross-cultural and Multi-disciplinary Project

Rethinking Critical, Interpretative and Methodological Frameworks


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The history of the modernization processes of post-WWII European cities could be observed through the lens of the emerging middle classes between the 1950s and the 1970s when housing significantly contributed to establishing and defining new social identities. Middle classes were the main protagonists of the rapid urban development and massive expansion that profoundly influenced the production of new estates, neighborhoods, and urban sectors, leaving relevant traces on the contemporary built environment of the European cities. In a sense, Europe, in its various civic configurations and cultural representations, became the symbol of progress and prosperity for the middle classes, an international formation restored and restructured by the middle classes which was meant to serve and protect according to a new post-war social contract.

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Caramellino, G., Tsiambaos, K., & Vaz Milheiro, A. (2023). Middle-class Housing as a Cross-cultural and Multi-disciplinary Project: Rethinking Critical, Interpretative and Methodological Frameworks. Docomomo Journal, (68), 4–6. https://doi.org/10.52200/docomomo.68.in





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