Current issue: 12 – 2020

Renée Gailhoustet

Social housing does not have to look schematic. A fact clearly demonstrated by a street junction in the centre of the Parisian suburb Ivry-sur-Seine. The architect Renée Gailhoustet, who was born in Algeria in 1929, rebuilt it over the course of two decades. Now an advanced age, she still lives in Le Liégat, the development she designed. The suburb governed for decades by the communists and the commissioner OPHLM (Office for the Promotion of Social Housing) provided a breeding ground for an experiment with a highly individual kind of social housing construction.

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werk, bauen + wohnen presents topical and critical reports about architecture within the international context. The theme-based issues offer in-depth analyses, comparisons and background information. The voice of the BSA (Bund Schweizer Architekten / Federation of Swiss Architects), werk, bauen + wohnen is in its 108th year of publication.