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The Hundred Years War: Towards a Global Narrative of Mass Housing

Why the talk is inspiring?

Within the Baltic states, the built legacy of Soviet mass housing may be regarded as a ‘hurtful heritage’ of standardised building, bound up with the repressiveness of institutional communism. This talk contextualises socialist uniformity within a global narrative of the 20th/21st century mass housing movement – a fiercely-fought ‘Hundred Years’ War’.



Miles Glendinning [UK]

How the speaker is exceptional?

Professor of Architectural Conservation at the University of Edinburgh and chair of Urbanism and Landscape within DOCOMOMO-International, a specialist in the modern built-environment debates and heritage of the 20th-21st centuries, author of a wide-ranging series of books.


TOWER BLOCK: Modern Public Housing in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland

Miles Glendinning, Stefan Muthesius

Why the book is worth reading?

This book pioneered at the scale of a single country (the UK) the methodology that integrated built-form analysis within a cultural-political narrative and interpreted the ‘housing movement’ as a field of titanic, unceasing struggle and conflict.

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