Architectural History and Theory Seminar series: Florian Urban


  • Tuesday, October 4, 2016 - 17:15 to 18:30

This seminar on 'The New Tenement - Re-housing the Inner City', by Professor Florian Urban, is the second in the Architectural History and Theory Seminar Series 2016-17.

Florian is Professor and Head of History of Architectural/Urban Studies at the Mackintosh School of Architecture, Glasgow School of Art. He holds a Master of Fine Arts from the University of the Arts in Berlin, an MA in Urban Planning from UCLA and a PhD in History and Theory of Architecture from MIT. His research is situated at the interstices of architectural history and planning history.

His books include Tower and Slab – Histories of Global Mass Housing (Abingdon: Routledge, 2012). Funded by a two-year research grant by the Leverhulme Trust, his book The New Tenement will be published by Routledge in 2017. 

The New Tenement - Re-housing the Inner City

New tenements - dense, multi-storey residences in the city centre  - evolved in the late twentieth century along with a new popularity of inner-city living, municipal policies to strengthen the centre, and a thriving discourse on the positive qualities of the city.

The paper will relate the evolution of these buildings to the genesis of the “postmodern city” - a city of information exchange rather than industrial production, of individual expression rather than mass culture, and of conspicuous difference rather than egalitarianism. Examples will be taken from Berlin, Copenhagen, Glasgow, Rotterdam, and Vienna. 

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