Participation, empowerment, and urbanism: design and politics in the revitalization of French social housing

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Abstract

This article is a critical analysis of Belgian architect Lucien Kroll's approach to rehabilitating the Perseigne social housing project in the French Normandy town of Alencon. In exploiting architectural intervention as a vehicle for social regeneration, Kroll utilized both the process and vocabulary of design to encourage the inhabitants to challenge their immediate social and physical environment. This article summarizes a post-occupancy evaluation of the Alencon project based on site visits and archival research.In addition, the paper reviews both historical and contemporary aspects of the French social housing movement. -Author

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)349-359
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Architectural & Planning Research
Volume4
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jan 1 1987

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Architecture
  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Environmental Science (miscellaneous)
  • Urban Studies

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