The Renewal of Dwelling

European Housing Construction 1945–1975
Marktstraße 16, 99423 Weimar Map
Tue–Fri 12 am–6 pm

The majority of residential buildings in Europe were built between 1945 and 1975. During this short phase of just 30 years, the inventory was not only renewed, but also significantly expanded. The public sector plays a special role in this. The state and the institutions involved had to eliminate the existing housing shortage and at the same time had the unique opportunity to realize their political ideals.
The exhibition and publication show for the first time how a fundamental renewal of living and its architectural implementation could succeed against this background. The comparison of individual projects makes it clear which overarching themes the residential buildings deal with and how local issues find their way into the architecture.

The investigation is based on selected settlements and buildings from Brussels, Zagreb, Cologne, Oslo, Porto, Lyon and Athens as well as the cities of Manchester, Liverpool, Leeds and Sheffield. In the spirit of an open archive, visitors to the exhibition are invited to discover the projects using facsimile original plans and historical illustrations as well as newly created drawings and photographs.