Another Mode of Dwelling

Justo Isasi 

Mass housing spread throughout the West toward the fifties. Europe’s postwar reconstruction and economic development gave the residential project a formidable push. This was housing for a future that was becoming a reality and which endeavored to be democratic and modern. Its programme, technology, content and social objective had already been defined during the difficult interbellum period, with its disciplined, industrial architecture forged under the auspices of the emerging but threatened social democracy of Central Europe. The most optimistic side of it, however, modern without being radical, was a legacy of architects of the north. The new way of viewing, understanding and designing the modern dwelling was later incorporated into their socalled organic architecture, and, simplified into a natural and tactile design method, proliferated all over Europe in the fifties with the misnomer of Nordic style... [+]

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