Late-modernist housing

Read Maria Lind, on culture's fascination with late-modernist housing, from the April 2014 issue

Viktor Rosdahl, Elineberg 2020, 2009. Photo: Anna Bokström. Courtesy the artist

During the 1950s, architect Constantinos Doxiadis was invited by the Lebanese government to devise a national plan for social housing. Eighteen different types of residential building were developed, each responding to the Mediterranean climate, regional topography and local building materials. However, a change of government in 1958 caused the ambitious plan to be forgotten – and since then nothing similar has been proposed or realised. Until recently, that is, when the artist Marwa Arsanios dug the drawings out of Doxiadis’s archives in…

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