High-rise living: an unrealistic ideal?

Howard, Sarah (2007) High-rise living: an unrealistic ideal? BA dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    Abstract

    This dissertation is concerned with the contested landscape that is the tower block. The tower block was hailed as a utopian environment and a modern, clean, rational approach to housing after WWII. However during the late 1960s the tower block fell from grace due to a host of structural and social problems, not least highlighted in the publics thoughts by the collapse of Ronan Point. This dissertation will aim to assess how the media contributes to public stigma concerning the tower block, by deconstructing media, a tool which geographers use rarely. Interviews in the study area of Somerstown in Portsmouth will seek to prove that the tower block has been unfairly labelled, with resident participation and sustainable refurbishment becoming catalysts for change. In essence this dissertation, will uncover the tools to transform tower blocks into feasible places to live in cities where demand for housing is high and provision of land is low. In this new age, high-rise may be the sustainable way forwards.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Science > Department of Geography
    Depositing User: Jane Polwin
    Date Deposited: 20 Jan 2011 12:47
    Last Modified: 28 Jan 2015 11:13
    URI: http://eprints.port.ac.uk/id/eprint/381

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