OIKONET “Global Dwelling” Conference – Manchester

Regeneration in the European post-socialist cities

N. Petaccia, M. Angrilli
Department of Architecture, “G. d’Annunzio” University Chieti-Pescara, Italy
Department of Architecture, “G. d’Annunzio” University Chieti-Pescara, Italy


The aim of this paper is to analyse the problematic of post-war Eastern European housing estates, in order to set up their long-term stability and generate a better environment.
Since the end of World War II, even though the theoretical recipes in architecture and urbanism were the same, two different kinds of modern city were developed across Europe. The differences between the socialist and capitalist economy were as deep as the spatial assets of the cities they produced.

After the collapse of socialism the processes of transformation in Eastern European societies have opened to global influences.
Nowadays the need to regenerate those degraded urban areas is becoming more widespread. To understand the issues related to those districts the paper will start by analysing paradigmatic case studies, in order to present an equivalent reading of central western and eastern European cities.

Keywords: Public Spaces, Landscape, 50-60s settlements, Post-socialist settlements, Retrofit, Urban, Regeneration Recycle, Urban Renewal


OIKONET is a European project co-funded by the Executive Agency of Education, Audiovisual and Culture (EACEA), with the purpose of studying contemporary housing from a multidisciplinary and global perspective by encompassing the multiple dimensions which condition the forms of dwelling in today’s societies: architectural, urban, environmental, economic, cultural and social.

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