Between Conventional and Experimental. Mass Housing and Prefabrication in Modernist Architecture

Hess, Regine, Inbal Ben-Asher Gitler, Tzafrir Fainholtz, and Yael Allweil, eds. 2024. Between Conventional and Experimental: Mass Housing and Prefabrication in Modernist Architecture. Leuven: Leuven University Press.

How conventional and experimental prototypes and series created an architecture for all

Mass housing and prefabrication shaped global modernist architecture like no other aspect of industrialised construction. This book offers a comprehensive exploration of how both conventional and experimental prototypes and series gave rise to an architecture for all, often responding to crises, the imperatives of nation-building, and housing shortages by rapidly developing, distributing, and assembling structures.

Contributors: Mia Åkerfelt (Åbo Akademi University, Turku), Yael Allweil (Technion Israel Institute of Technology), Inbal Ben Asher-Gitler (Sapir Academic College, Ashkelon/ Ben Gurion University of the Negev, Beer Scheva), Angelo Bertolazzi (University of Padua), Tamara Bjažić Klarin (University of Zagreb), Tzafrir Fainholtz (Technion Israel Institute of Technology), Alberto Franchini (Technical University Munich/Polytechnic University of Milan), Ilaria Giannetti (Sapienza, University of Rome), Regine Hess (ETH Zurich), Silke Langenberg (ETH Zurich), Daphna Levine (Technion Israel Institute of Technology), Stefania Mornati (Sapienza, University of Rome), Uta Pottgiesser (TU Delft), Maryia Rusak (Oslo School of Architecture and Design), Liat Savin Ben Shoshan (Technion Israel Institute of Technology), Maria Tassopoulou (Technical University of Athens), Anna Wilczyńska (Estonian University of Life Sciences/ Warsaw University of Life Sciences).

The peer-reviewed volume will be published open access in summer 2024.