Thursday, March 8, 2012

Call for Papers: Middle-class housing in perspective: From post-war construction to post-millenial urban landscape

The construction of the middle-class city

During the second half of the 20th century, the middle classes played a fundamental role in the growth and transformation of cities, not just in Europe and America but also in countries all over the world. Specific residential models that were developed to meet their housing needs and social and domestic aspirations significantly contributed to shape the urban built environment. In addition, their settling influenced the transformation of major urban sectors producing new spatial divisions and radical changes in the field of public services and infrastructure, leaving traces that still mark the contemporary urban landscape.
Homes, residential buildings and neighbourhoods built for the middle classes mirrored the urban and political changes of the time. They constituted the focus of planning policies aiming at reinforcing a broad political consensus, and occupied the centre stage of an expanding real-estate market. But they also played a key role in the definition of spatial imaginaries that were increasingly associating the urban middle classes with a certain set of lifestyles, dwelling practices and consumption habits, often combining stylistic and technological models developed in international contexts with more traditional solutions adopted at the local level.

Proposals must include: (i) The name, contact and affiliation of the author(s); (ii) A short biography of the author(s); (iii) An abstract of no more than 400 words.
Proposals must be submitted in English, by April 30th 2012,  to

- April 30th, 2012: deadline for submission of paper proposals
- May 2012: selection of the proposals by the Scientific Board
- May 31st, 2012: notification of acceptance to the authors
- October 10th, 2012: deadline for full papers submission
- November 22nd and 23rd, 2012: Symposium at the Politecnico di Milano

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