Contemporary Social Trends, Policy Initiatives and Planning Measures in Large Housing Estates

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Day: 4/7/2019
Start / End Time: 9:55 AM / 11:35 AM (Eastern Standard Time)
Room: Maryland B, Marriott, Lobby Level
Organizers: Kadri Leetmaa, Matthias Bernt
Chairs: Kadri Leetmaa

Call for Submissions

In this session we invite papers that study how the residential qualities of LHEs have been maintained and improved (at any location). The topics we particularly welcome include, but are not limited to:
* contemporary ethnic, socio-economic or demographic trends observed in LHEs, and the challenges that these trajectories pose;
* urban policies and planning measures applied to improve the status and residential qualities of housing estates (ideally during last 20-25 years);
* critical analysis of the impact of various institutional contexts in the past and present that frame contemporary urban policies and planning measures;
* the role of public and private actors in contemporary interventions in housing estates;
* place-based, people-based, and connection-based strategies to improve the social and locational position and image of housing estates;
* the impact of more comprehensive programmes supported by individual states, the EU or other bodies;
* examples of the impact of interconnected or unrelated sector policies (e.g. the social impacts of energy policy measures);
* the impact of bottom-up initiatives and local innovations, which could be tested in other urban contexts;
* and other topics.


In many countries, building modernist large housing estates (LHEs) was an integral part of fast urban growth in post-WWII decades. This trend either went out of fashion, people started to have other preferences, or the political systems that financed construction programmes collapsed. Although they are no longer the top market segment, housing estates still form an irreplaceable part of urban housing for some population groups. Across the globe the LHEs have followed diverging trajectories
that depend on numerous factors, such as: welfare regimes and immigration policies, location of particular LHEs within the city or on the core-periphery scale in the settlement system, spatial planning principles applied, building quality of particular LHEs, etc. Unfortunately, there are many estates which suffer from social decline, stigmatization, physical deterioration, and accumulation of these negative trends. However, there are also positive examples, where favorable contextual factors and successful policy interventions have succeeded in preventing downward spirals, and where residents highly appreciate the urban qualities that housing estate neighborhoods offer.


Type Details Minutes Start Time
Presenter Petros PETSIMERIS*, Université Paris 1 Panthéon Sorbonne, UMR 8504 CNRS Géographie-cités, Jose Ignacio Villa Vazquez, LabEx DynamiTe, UMR 8504 CNRS Géographie-cités, Large social housing estates in Milan and Barcelona: dealing with decaying modernity 20 9:55 AM
Presenter Johanna Holvandus*, , Kadri Leetmaa, University of Tartu, Finding new standpoints for the public sector planning of large housing estates – the case of Annelinn, Estonia 20 10:15 AM
Presenter Donatas Burneika*, Lithuanian social research centre, Rūta Ubarevičienė, Technical university of delft, Lithuanian Social Research Centre, Soviet Housing Estates in Vilnius – Socio-Ethnic Structure and Future(-less?) Perspectives 20 10:35 AM
Presenter Sigrun Kabisch*, Helmholtz Center for Environmental Research-UFZ, The Revival of Large Housing Estates 20 10:55 AM
Presenter Kadi Mägi*, , Do housing estates play a different role for ethnic groups? Ethnic differences in life course mobility and its impact on neighbourhood change in large housing estates in Tallinn, Estonia 20 11:15 AM

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