San Cosme, Spain: Planning and Renewal of a State Housing Area

Wynn, Martin G ORCID: 0000-0001-7619-6079 (1980) San Cosme, Spain: Planning and Renewal of a State Housing Area. Journal of the American Planning Association, Vol 46 (1). pp. 76-87.

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The San Cosme Residential Estate was built outside Barcelona, Spain, in the mid-1960s by the state­ run Syndical Housing Authority to rehouse over seven thousand people, most of them from cleared shanty towns on the Montjuic hill overlooking the city. Within five years of construction, the houses began to deteriorate rapidly and San Cosme has since become notorious as an example of the worst aspects of State housing in Spain. This article examines in detail the planning and construction of San Cosme, and the successful campaign of the local residents' association to persuade central State authorities of the need to rebuild the estate. At the same time, the article identifies the major socio-political and planning issues involved in the San Cosme experience, that may be of relevance to other State housing projects in both the developed and developing world.

Item Type: Article
Article Type: Article
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GF Human geography. Human ecology. Anthropogeography
Divisions: Schools and Research Institutes > School of Business, Computing and Social Sciences
Research Priority Areas: Applied Business & Technology
Depositing User: Martin Wynn
Date Deposited: 06 Apr 2018 10:35
Last Modified: 04 Feb 2022 12:31

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