August 28, 2021

Housing Blocs – Preserving Ordinary Modernism Across the Atlantic

On July 27, as a part of the “Dismantle Preservation” Conference, Michael R. Allen, Cheryl Johnson, Jelica Jovanović and Vladana Putnik Prica participated a panel discussion “Housing Blocs – Preserving Ordinary Modernism Across the Atlantic”. This panel presented the efforts to preserve modernist mass housing in the United States and the former Yugoslavia, showing that supposed deep cultural and political differences mask a common cause. The remaining mass housing on both sides of the Atlantic face similar problems: public opinions and lack of awareness of modernist architecture, threats to affordability posed by gentrification and lack of government investment in maintenance.