Re-reading Dutch Architecture in Relation to Social Issues From the 1940s to the 1960s

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Pat Seeumpornroj


This paper seeks to connect the work of J.J.P. Oud, Aldo van Eyck, and Herman Hertzberger, the three Dutch protagonists to the dominant social issues that occurred from the 1940s to the 1960s such as the issues of the poverty and the housing shortage from the pre-World War II period, the sociopolitical issues in collective expression of the public, rapid economy recovery, large population growth, and white-collar labor in the post-World War II period. I suggest the role played by the Dutch government in advancing a progressive social agenda, and demonstrate both continuities and discontinuities between them.


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Seeumpornroj, P. (2018). Re-reading Dutch Architecture in Relation to Social Issues From the 1940s to the 1960s. Nakhara : Journal of Environmental Design and Planning, 14, 133-144.


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