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Sustainable Urbanism Solutions for Breaking the Bonds of Concentrated Poverty in Public Housing
KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Urban Planning and Environment, Urban and Regional Studies. (Urban Planning and Design)ORCID iD: 0000-0003-2386-0663
KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE).
2012 (English)Conference paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Historically, public housing in the US and Europe has concentrated poverty and isolated residents. This paper investigates the demolition of public housing in the US through HOPE VI grants, and the rebuilding of mixed-use neighborhoods. The qualitative mixed-methods approach to the analysis examines project sites in three US cities to see if the Sustainable Urbanist paradigm offers an alternative to the failed suburban-alienated type of living in major European cities. In the US, demolition and rebuilding anew has altered the urban form and produced overall improved living environments; while Europe may be inclined to refurbish and retrofit public housing instead. Few studies exist concerning transferability of ideas and lessons learned from the American HOPE VI effort into a European context. Applying Sustainable Urbanist concepts to European housing areas could be a way forward. This paper proposes new approaches for socially and ethnically excluded European suburbs.

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Sustainable Urbanism, Revitalization, Urban form, HOPE VI, Social Housing
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Social Sciences Interdisciplinary Architecture
URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-109256OAI: diva2:580576
ENHR - European Network for Housing Research Conference 2012 in Lillehammer, Norway; Housing: Local Welfare and Local Markets in a Globalized World

WS-10: Housing and Urban Sustainability - Combining Social and Environmental Dimensions, 24-27 June 2012. QC 20130102

Available from: 2012-12-23 Created: 2012-12-23 Last updated: 2013-01-02Bibliographically approved

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