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PLUS: LARGE-SCALE HOUSING DEVELOPMENTS. AN EXCEPTIONAL CASE
Frèdèric Druot, Anne Lacaton, Jean-Philippe Vassal

Editorial Gustavo Gili, 2007
Softcover
264 pages
Fully illustrated, colour
ISBN: 9788425221637

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In the 1960s and 70s many communal housing complexes were built in France and throughout Europe which, while they managed to relieve the pressing postwar need for housing, present serious shortcomings today. Frèdèric Durot, Anne Lacaton and Jean-Philippe Vassal confront this set of problems from a new angle and propose the radical transformation of such housing in order to adapt it to current lifestyles.

Proceeding from an analysis of the elements that go to form the housing, in a survey that moves from inside to outside the building, the authors rehabilitate the pleasure of being an occupant on the basis of a precise and delicate attitude that takes all pre-existing factors into account. The result is the seven projects presented here, some posited as studies and others, the winning schemes of architecture competitions, which are the prolongation of the objectives and ideas developed in the first.

 

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