Re:Scape Colloquium - Constructing Biographies of Welfare Landscapes

The urban landscapes of post-war welfare states are currently subject to multiple changes. Many of these welfare landscapes are associated with conflicting public images, and their local histories and specificities are sometimes weakly explored. Researchers from multiple disciplines are enquiring into those landscapes, how we manage their changes and what concepts of welfare may be relevant for the future urban landscape.

06/07/2018 | 1:00 PM

The two speakers at the colloquium, Svava Riesto (University of Copenhagen) and Tom van Avermaete (TU Delft) presented their research into the urban landscapes of postwar welfare societies of Europe. Considered pivotal for ensuring the ‘good life’ in society, welfare landscapes were intended to contribute to the well-being and communality of the residents of the countless public housing estates that were built in the 1950s-1970s. Nowadays, politics of welfare are contested, while its housing landscapes are being transformed in response to new societal conditions, challenges and desires.
The presented research project aims at studying welfare landscapes from multiple angles, discussing their materialities, uses and perceptions, and how they are entangled with shifting cultural and social values, aesthetic ideals and political ambitions. During the colloquium, three case studies and suitable research strategies were discussed with an audience of master students and PhD’s.