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Old August 24th, 2005, 02:43 PM   #21
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Some "commie blocks" in Nantes, France :

Tallest "commie block" in Nantes, with 30 floors :


Pictures from the 1960's :





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uhmmm... sorry but, why are apartment buildings so ugly in france? at least in the south you've nearly none
None apartement buildings in the South of France ?
You probably haven't been in Marseille, one of the commieblocks capitals of Europe. There are also a lot of commieblocks in Toulouse, Nice, Toulon, etc...
Actually, all the cities in France, even the small, have "commieblocks" or "housing projects", whatever you call them.
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Old August 24th, 2005, 02:49 PM   #22
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The tallest commieblock in Nantes looks brutal! Can imagines the life inside that!
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Old August 24th, 2005, 03:00 PM   #23
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The tallest commieblock in Nantes looks brutal! Can imagines the life inside that!
And you don't see the whole building on this picture. Actually, this building has three wings, and you see only two wings on the photo. The third is behind.
This building has a pretty bad reputation : a lot of social and violence issues.



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Old August 24th, 2005, 03:53 PM   #24
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this is such a great thread ... i noticed public housing in the west are usually of isolated towers surrounded
by parking lots and grass ...
very corbusier-like but not very sustainable ...

i found the public housing in hkg and sing to be the most developed ... as the two cities lack space and has gone through quite a few generations of public housing already
specially the newer ones ...
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Old August 25th, 2005, 02:56 AM   #25
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But most of these high-rise projects are in major cities like Chicago, Philadelphia or Buffalo.
Buffalo? I'm sure Buffalo has highrise projects, but considering the fact that St. Louis is a significantly larger city than Buffalo, why would it be a surprise that St. Louis has highrise projects? Cities like Detroit, Cleveland, St. Louis, Baltimore, Pittsburgh, Washington, DC and Boston are much bigger than Buffalo, and therefore obviously have more and larger public housing developments.
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Old August 25th, 2005, 06:44 AM   #26
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Just by looking at that apartment block in Nantes, it give an enviroment that can produce social problems especially crime.

Buffalo, New York is actually a mid-size American city with a population of around 282,864 and 1,237,557 in it's metropolitan area. And yes they have mid-rise to high-rise projects that resembles that of NYC.

Buffalo housing projects

Fredrick Douglass Homes



Glenny Drive Apartments



It is interesting that public housing programs are very successful in Asian countries while public housing in the west are mostly failures.

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Old August 25th, 2005, 06:46 AM   #27
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Wanch, your pic isn't showing.
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Old August 25th, 2005, 06:50 AM   #28
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Trying to fix the images!

Anyway, Los Angeles also has a grand public housing system. But despite of the city's huge area and population, it's housing projects are low-rise compared to other cities in the US.

LA housing projects

Imperial Courts


Jordan Downs


If anyone has images of Nickerson Gardens, it would be helpful! Thanks

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Old August 25th, 2005, 08:53 AM   #29
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Hopefully this works! Fixed the images!

More public housing in the United States (east coast), Note that some of these projects have been demolished.

New York City

Soundview, The Bronx


Queenbridge, Queens


Coney Island, Brooklyn


Baltimore, Maryland

Flaghouse Homes




Lexington Terrace


Boston, Massachusetts

Columbia Homes


Washington Elms


Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Raymond Rosen Homes


Martin Luther King Homes


Newark, New Jersey

Hayes Homes




Kretchmer Homes


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Old August 25th, 2005, 08:23 PM   #30
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wanch are you an urban designer/planner of some sort?

how could that nante development be fixed?
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Old August 26th, 2005, 05:38 AM   #31
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I'm not an urban designer nor an architect. I'm a graphic designer but I also do some illustrations and photography. I play Simcity alot though and I used to live in public housing here in HK. I listen to alot of hip-hop. Alot of rap tracks talked about life in public housing and alot of rappers came from there.

The one in Nantes, though not a good idea for some, to me it would be better if the city demolish those towers and build a mixed residential community

More public housing in the U.S. (Midwest)

Chicago, Illinois

Cabrini Green





Robert Taylor Homes





Aren't public housing cool??

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I notice that public housing in the US, or rather all housing are brown or red in color.
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Old August 27th, 2005, 01:07 AM   #33
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Red Road Flats in Glasgow, the tallest Council (Public Housing) blocks in the UK:









Yay! let's play!



Desolate? Not at all!





...Its actually amazing how well photographed these flats are compared to estates in London
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Old August 27th, 2005, 01:12 AM   #34
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I used to live in this commieblock, but all I can find on Google are thumbnails:



Michael Cliffe House, Finsbury, London EC1
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Old August 27th, 2005, 02:41 AM   #35
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I really love the Red Roads flats in Glasgow (si si !). They are so monumental. I have read somewhere on these forums that they will be demolished. It's a pity.

Some other public housing in France :

Les tours nuages in Paris (more exactly in Nanterre, near Paris) :




Some other pictures of these strange towers on this site : http://eras.free.fr/html/archi/nuages.html

La Duchčre, a (very) big project in Lyon :


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Tubeman and GM, thanks for posting these images! I'm really interested in those housing estates in Paris, the one right beside La Defense. The architecture is really impressive for public housing and also the use of colors. But I would like to know about the conditions inside those flats. Also, is crime a problem in these towers or do the tenants feel safe living there?

Glasgow's public housing look like taller versions of London's council estates. In fact, some of the city's housing estates resemble housing projects in New York especially the Bronx.



The Hilliard Homes in Chicago resembles the Les Tour Nauges in Paris. The building was originally built as a housing project but underwent renovations. Today, the building are affordable apartments especially to senior citizens and families.
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Old August 27th, 2005, 09:12 PM   #37
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Here's a couple of other Manhattan housing projects I didn't mention originally.

East River and Woodrow Wilson Houses


Jefferson Houses


Riverton Houses


Schomblurg Plaza


Dyckman Houses


Bradhurst Ct


Clinton Parkview


Other housing projects I don't know the names of in upper Manhattan





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New York has the largest public housing system in the United States. Also, one of the most successful. Most of the housing projects in other US cities have been demolished and have been replaced by a mixed used community.

What is currently the largest housing project in NYC?
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Wow those buildings in Lyon are extremly long!
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Old August 28th, 2005, 05:52 PM   #40
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World's End Estate (yes it really is called that) Chelsea, West London





Barkantine Estate, Isle of Dogs... The pitched roofs were added a few years back and echo the nearby One Canada Square



Heygate Estate, Elephant & Castle under construction in 1973



...These seem to be the longest blocks in London









The notorious "Barrier Block" in Brixton:

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