Multi-Unit Housing in Urban Cities: From 1800 to Present Day

Multi-Unit Housing in Urban Cities: From 1800 to Present Day

By: Katy Chey (author)Paperback

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This book investigates the development of multi-unit housing typologies that were predominant in a particular city from the 1800s to present day. It emphasises the importance of understanding the direct connection between housing and dwelling in the context of a city, and the manner in which the city is an instructional indication of how a housing typology is embodied. The case studies presented offer an insight into why a certain housing type flourished in a specific city and the variety span across cities in the world where distinct housing types have prevailed. It also pursues how housing types developed, evolved, and helped define the city, looks into how dwellers inhabited their dwellings, and analyses how the housing typologies correlates in a contemporary context. The typologies studied are back-to-backs in Birmingham; tenements in London; Haussmann Apartment in Paris; tenements in New York; tong lau in Hong Kong; perimeter block, linear block, and block-edge in Berlin; perimeter block and solitaire in Amsterdam; space-enclosing structure in Beijing; micro house in Tokyo, and high-rise in Toronto.

About Author

Katy Chey is an architect living, working, and teaching in Toronto. She lives in a multi-unit housing dwelling in the city.


1. Overview: Multi-Unit Dwelling Housing Typologies 2. London: 1850 to the Industrial Revolution. Housing Type 1: Back-to-Back. Housing Type 2: London Tenement 3. Paris: Late Nineteenth and Early Twentieth Century. Housing Type 3: Paris Infill 4. New York: Late Nineteenth and Early Twentieth Century. Housing Type 4: New York Tenement. Housing Type 5: New York Infill 5. Berlin: 1920 to Present. Housing Type 6: Berlin Perimeter Block. Housing Type 7: Block-edge. Housing Type 8: Berlin Linear Block 6. Hong Kong: Late Nineteenth Century to 1965. Housing Type 9: Hong Kong Linear Block 7. Amsterdam: 1990 to Present. Housing Type 10: Solitaire. Housing Type 11: Amsterdam Perimeter Block 8. Tokyo: 2000 to Present. Housing Type 12: Tokyo Infill 9. Beijing and Shanghai: 2000 to Present. Housing Type 13: Space-enclosing Structure 10. Toronto: 2000 to Present. Housing Type 14: High-Rise Tower. Conclusion. Bibliography. Image Credits. Index

Product Details

  • ISBN13: 9781138189959
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 348
  • ID: 9781138189959
  • weight: 880
  • ISBN10: 1138189952

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