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Millennials and the contested urban legacy of post-war modernist social housing in the UK

Aelbrecht, Patricia ORCID: and While, Aidan 2023. Millennials and the contested urban legacy of post-war modernist social housing in the UK. Journal of Urbanism 16 (1) , pp. 42-64. 10.1080/17549175.2021.1936603

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Attitudes to the European modernist social housing experiments of the 1950s and 1960s are complicated and contested. Once derided as a failed and elitist social project, over the last two decades, there has been growing appreciation of the design principles and ethos of the post-war Architecture of Social Intent (AOSI), assisted by a proactive programme of national conservation protection. In this paper, we reflect on a university action research project to explore what the AOSI might mean to a younger “millennial” generation. Using an undergraduate action-research project from the UK, we explore millennials responses to the idea of the AOSI but also the perceptions of the welfare state associated with it and the state’s changing role in social housing provision. The paper makes a distinctive contribution to the growing literature on changing perceptions of modernist heritage, making a case for wider public engagement with urban change and design aesthetics.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Geography and Planning (GEOPL)
Publisher: Taylor & Francis (Routledge)
ISSN: 1754-9175
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 27 May 2021
Date of Acceptance: 26 May 2021
Last Modified: 06 Nov 2023 22:39

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