The anthropology of modernist mass housing

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Giovannoni Anthropology Modernist Housing

Although the modernist failure myth largely descends from Jane Jacobs’ work, many of its advocates abandoned the observational method on which the American author grounded her work. Not only generalizations about the alleged failure of modernist architecture ignored non-environmental factors and disregarded the differences which characterize modernist public housing neighborhoods, but also they were unable of getting direct knowledge of how real life works in them. If we assume that each modernist public housing neighborhood is unique and different from all the others, as it is certainly the case, then we need to get first-hand knowledge of how it works. Starting from the review of anthropological research on modernist mass-housing in different countries this section of the course will discuss the implications of such research for urban planners.

Giulio Giovannoni, University of Florence
Wednesday Mar 23rd 2016, 2.30-5.30pm, Room 7M, Palazzo di San Clemente, Via Micheli 2