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Restructuring large housing estates in EuropeRestructuring and resistance inside the welfare industry$
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Ronald van Kempen, Karien Dekker, and Stephen Hall

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9781861347756

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781861347756.001.0001

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Demolition of large housing estates: an overview

Demolition of large housing estates: an overview

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Restructuring large housing estates in Europe

Fatiha Belmessous

Franck Chignier-Riboulon

Nicole Commerç

Marcus Zept

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This chapter provides an overview of the history of demolition of large housing estates in Europe. It considers the rationale and objectives for demolition and rebuilding in both a theoretical and practical context, and discusses the implications of this practice for low-income households. The chapter considers the political context of the socioeconomic and spatial questions associated with demotion and rebuilding in order to illuminate the main goals of the European countries in terms of rebuilding. It explains that demolition and rebuilding were launched as a way to reintegrate large housing estates within the city and to resolve the social and economic problems associated with them.

Keywords:   demolition, housing estates, Europe, low-income households, rebuilding, economic problems, social problems

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