ISC/Urbanism+Landscape
Masterclass: Tower Blocks: History and Heritage of Social Mass-Housing
DATE: 25/1/2018
"This masterclass is jointly offered by the Scottish Centre for Conservation Studies and DOcumentation and COnservation of the MOdern MOvement – International Scientific Committee on Urbanism and Landscape docomomo ISC U+L.

Mass social housing, built in large quantities by state organisations, constitutes one of the most pervasive built legacies of the ‘modernist century’ across the world.  Contrary to popular stereotypes of banal uniformity of design, mass housing ‘heritage’ is characterised by extreme diversity of organisation and architecture, at international, regional and local levels. The masterclass will combine a wide-ranging international overview of the evolution of mass housing during the 20th and early 21st centuries with focused explorations of local housing ‘hotspots’, including the phenomenal hyper-dense housing programmes of Hong Kong and Singapore. You will also be able to hear about the ongoing work of an innovative University of Edinburgh project seeking to document and re-evaluate the importance of post-war multi-storey public housing projects in the UK."

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