Migrant Housing: Architecture, Dwelling, Migration

1st Edition

Mirjana Lozanovska

Routledge
March 11, 2019 Forthcoming
Reference - 272 Pages - 41 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9781138574090 - CAT# Y382503
Series: Routledge Research in Architecture

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Summary

Migrant Housing, the latest book by author Mirjana Lozanovska, examines the house as the architectural construct in the processes of migration. Houses are pivotal to any migration story, with studies showing that migrant communities’ participation in the adaptation, extension or building of houses provides symbolic materiality of belonging. It becomes the platform for agency and productivity in the broader context of the immigrant city, inscribed through homeland, departure, arrival and relocation.

 

This timely volume investigates the poetic and political resonance between migration and architecture, challenging the idea of the ‘house’ as a singular theoretical construct. Divided into three parts, Histories and Theories, House/Home and Mapping migrant spaces of home, it draws on data studies from Australia and Macedonia, with literature from Canada, Sweden and Germany, to uncover the effects of unprivileged post-war migration in the late twentieth century on the house as architectural and normative model, and from this perspective negotiates the disciplinary boundaries of architecture.

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