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New Housing in Zurich

Typologies for a Changing Society

Swiss architecture has come to be associated with iconic buildings and celebrated architects and firms like Peter Zumthor, Marion Botta, and Herzog & de Meuron. Yet there is a wide variety of other projects that contribute to a distinctly Swiss architecture, including private homes and housing developments. New Housing in Zurich looks specifically at the cooperative housing developments in the city of Zurich, as well as several examples outside the city’s boundaries.

Over the past two decades, the image of cooperative housing developments have changed significantly. Public funding and open competitions have created an environment in which a large number of highly innovative cooperative housing developments could be realized in Zurich. Many now also serve as models for how to meet the constantly increasing demand for urban housing. The first comprehensive survey on this topic, New Housing in Zurich features fifty projects, copiously illustrated with plans and photographs. Essays on the history of cooperative housing in Switzerland and its impact on urban development, new urban and architectural concepts, and social dynamics, among other topics, round out the book.

256 pages | 100 color plates, 150 halftones | 9 1/2 x 11 3/4


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Table of Contents

Dominique Boudet
The Renaissance of Zurich’s Housing Cooperatives
Sylvia Claus
The Impressive Development of Housing Cooperatives in Zurich
Caspar Schärer
From the Disciplining of the City to the Urban Archipelago: Housing Cooperatives as an Impetus of Zurich’s Cityscape
Interview with Patrick Gmür
‘Zurich Wants to Remain a City for Everyone’
Daniel Kurz
City and Cooperatives, a Housing-Policy Symbiosis
Axel Simon
Back to the Future
Interview with Peter Ess
Architectural Competitions Have Improved the Projects
Densifying the garden city
Park city
The large figure
Reassessment of the street
Urban block
New neighbourhoods
New frontiers: mixity, diversity, urbanity
Andreas Hofer
Housing Typologies for a Post-Industrial Society
Irina Davidovici
Ideology and Collective Life: Zurich’s New Cooperatives
Hunziker Areal
Zurich’s Housing Cooperatives: Founding_- Organizng – Financing
Financing Plan of a Housing Cooperative Project
Public-Interest Housing: Major Projects in Zurich 2000-2016

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