Middle‐Class Mass Housing. The role or European proposals in other countries

Chairs

Teresa Rovira

Carla Herrera

Abstract

The main idea of that session is to clearly define the terms by which to be able to compare Middle ‐Class Mass Housing among different countries, through the research on case studies.

Our experience in Latin‐American projects has shown how the concept of middle‐class has had a different sense in each country as an evolution of European ideas.

Looking over what has happened in Latin‐ America we become aware of how important has been the role of political regimes in the economic and demographical development and so not only regarding mass‐housing proposals but also about the program they have for them.

During the period 1950‐1980 important congresses and publications on Modern Architecture in many countries, had built the frame to define modern needs on mass housing. At the same time, wars in different places of the planet have motivated the moving of professionals from one country to other, widening the spread of concepts and models.

The point of view we expect to clarify is the balance between good design, accurate urban approach and cost, and on the other hand, how to learn from those proposal to achieve a sustainable future.

The aim of this sessions is mainly a visual one; that is to say, to develop ideas trough drawings and images that help to broaden the documentation of Working Group 1 (WG1) and to discover and evaluate the different solutions found in each country. The aim of WG1 is to study, geo‐reference and document built MCMH complexes.

For that reason, the graphic presentation will be highly evaluated in the communications selection.

The results of that session will be helpful to define the mapping on Working Group 1 (WG1) in charge of Documenting Middle‐Class Mass Housing (MCMH).

Short bio

Teresa Rovira

She has published six books on Modern Architecture in America Latina. She has published one book on research in the field of Architecture. She has collaborated with articles in books and architectural magazines. She has participated in nationals and internationals congress in Spain, Brazil, Chile, Mexico, Canada, Japan, Netherlands, Bulgaria, France, Belgium and Greece. Between 1995 and 2007 she has organized several exhibitions of Modern Architecture in Latin America in Europe and America. She has also organized workshops and seminars in Barcelona, Budapest, Buenos Aires, Stuttgart, Lima, Stockholm and Athens.

She has participated in several RDI projects with the Ministry of Science and Technology (MICINN) as a researcher and scientific coordinator. Member of Research Group FORM, recognized by Catalan Government. She has lectured on Architecture at the universities of the following countries: Spain, Argentina, Brazil, Peru, Germany and Ecuador. She has directed 17 Doctoral Thesis. She has participated in evaluating commissions for architecture’s professor jobs for the "Politecnico di Torino," and "to fund aid projects for the improvement of teaching quality in universities of Catalonia" and "Grants for stay for Catalonia research outside "of AGAUR (Agència de Gestió d'ajuts Universitaris i de Recerca). She has participated in doctoral commission for professor’s jobs of UPC and architects for the Diputació de Barcelona.

She has been external expert at the CSEA (Conseil Superieur pour l’Enseignement de l’Architecture ) from 2001-2003. Member of the committee for the evaluation of Degree and Master Programs at The School of Architecture at Volos, Greece 2010. Member of the committee for the evaluation of Degree and Master Programs at The Schools of Architecture at Vilnius and Kaunas, Lithuania 2012. She collaborates in evaluation of articles for the magazine "Project, Progress, Architecture” of Architecture’s Seville school, and the magazine R.I.T.A. since 2013. Registered as Expert at the HQA Hellenic Quality Assurance and Accreditation Agency since 2016. At present substitute member at COST ActionCA18137

Carla Herrera

She participated in the publication of three books on Modern Architecture in America Latina in Barcelona, and one book of the same subject in Asunción, Paraguay. She has collaborated with articles in books and architectural magazines. She has participated in nationals and internationals congress in Spain, Brazil, México and Paraguay. Between 2001 and 2007 she has participated in the organization of several exhibitions of Modern Architecture in Latin America in Barcelona. Member of Research Group FORM, recognized by Catalan Government. Member of Research Group “Teoria do Projeto”, recognized by Brazilian Government CNPQ. Currently, moderator of the “Club IForm” of Modern Architecture linked to “Club Alumni” of the Polytechnic University of Catalonia in Barcelona and member at COST Action CA18137.

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