Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Introduction

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
  3. Thematic Lenses for Scholarly Inquiry

  4. Case Studies of Housing Estates in European Metropolitan Areas

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 75-75
    2. George Kandylis, Thomas Maloutas, Nikolina Myofa
      Pages 77-98 Open Access
    3. Florian Urban
      Pages 99-120 Open Access
    4. Zoltán Kovács, Tamás Egedy, Balázs Szabó
      Pages 191-214 Open Access
    5. Mari Vaattovaara, Anssi Joutsiniemi, Matti Kortteinen, Mats Stjernberg, Teemu Kemppainen
      Pages 215-240 Open Access
    6. Pedro Uceda, Daniel Sorando, Jesús Leal
      Pages 241-263 Open Access
    7. Maria Gunko, Polina Bogacheva, Andrey Medvedev, Ilya Kashnitsky
      Pages 289-311 Open Access
    8. Christine Lelévrier, Talia Melic
      Pages 313-338 Open Access
    9. Martin Ouředníček, Petra Špačková, Lucie Pospíšilová
      Pages 339-359 Open Access
    10. Kadri Leetmaa, Johanna Holvandus, Kadi Mägi, Anneli Kährik
      Pages 389-412 Open Access
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 413-424

About this book


This open access book explores the formation and socio-spatial trajectories of large housing estates in Europe. Are these estates clustered or scattered? Which social groups originally had access to residential space in housing estates? What is the size, scale and geography of housing estates, their architectural and built environment composition, services and neighbourhood amenities, and metropolitan connectivity? How do housing estates contribute to the urban mosaic of neighborhoods by ethnic and socio-economic status? What types of policies and planning initiatives have been implemented in order to prevent the social downgrading of housing estates?

The collection of chapters in this book addresses these questions from a new perspective previously unexplored in scholarly literature. The social aspects of housing estates are thoroughly investigated (including socio-demographic and economic characteristics of current and past inhabitants; ethnicity and segregation patterns; population dynamics; etc.), and the physical composition of housing estates is described in significant detail (including building materials; building form; architectural and landscape design; built environment characteristics; etc.). This book is timely because the recent global economic crisis and Europe’s immigration crisis demand a thorough investigation of the role large housing estates play in poverty and ethnic concentration. Through case studies of housing estates in 14 European centers, the book also identifies policy measures that have been used to address challenges in housing estates throughout Europe.


Geography of Large Housing Estates Urban Challenges European Cities Urban Unrest Socio-Economic Segregation Social Problems and housing Planning Interventions Urban Population Inequalities Regional and Cultural Studies restructuring housing estates Open Access

Editors and affiliations

  • Daniel Baldwin Hess
    • 1
  • Tiit Tammaru
    • 2
  • Maarten van Ham
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Urban and Regional Planning, School of Architecture and PlanningUniversity at Buffalo, State University of New YorkBuffaloUSA
  2. 2.Department of Geography, Centre for Migration and Urban StudiesUniversity of TartuTartuEstonia
  3. 3.OTB—Research for the Built EnvironmentDelft University of TechnologyDelftThe Netherlands

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