The book presents a comprehensive overview of relevant theory, including the socio-spatial characteristics of neighbourhoods and cities; the place of individuals and households in the economic system; and the design form of the housing stock in relation to its usability, valuation, and adaptability.
Next, it evaluates the urban renewal plans that the city of Rotterdam launched in the seventies, drawing international attention at the time, leading to changes in the structures of housing provision, as well as the economic and social context. The author makes his case by evaluating a major urban renewal plan that has been tested for over 30 years, and connects the academic theory and debate with professional practice.
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