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HOUSING ATLAS. Europe – 20th Century


  • Provides beautifully drawn, clear plans, sections and elevations of 87 of the best housing schemes created across Europe in the C20th
  • Includes contextual essays from the editors, leading architects and architectural historians with a specialism in housing


In Housing Atlas, beautifully drawn plans, sections and elevations illustrate nearly a hundred of the most important European housing schemes of the 20th century, a period when architects addressed the multiple challenges of modern urban living and responded with an array of innovative solutions. Today, architects are revisiting these designs as they seek answers to the current housing crisis.

Chronologically ordered, this is an essential survey of these key housing projects, produced by a pan-European team of leading scholars. Complete with contextual essays, the studies each include a history and analysis of the projects and the drawings are presented in a way that makes them readily comparable.



Foreword. Forays and Crossings in the European City: The Long History of the ‘Short’ Century:Tools for the Design of Contemporary Housing, by Orsina Simona Pierini. Tradition and Innovation in Twentieth-Century European Housing Design, by Dick van Gameren. Liminal Spaces in Twentieth-Century Residential Architecture: A Place In Which to Learn How to be a Citizen, by Carmen Espegel. The Fall and Rise of the Street in Twentieth-Century Housing, by Mark Swenarton. 87 Case Studies. Acknowledgements.


Orsina Simona Pierini is full Professor of architecture and urban design at the department of architecture and urban studies, the Politecnico di Milano, Italy. Carmen Espegel is an award-winning architect and Professor at the School of Architecture, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, Spain. Dick van Gameren is Professor of housing design and Dean of the Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment at Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands. Mark Swenarton is Emeritus Professor of architecture at Liverpool University, UK.