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Housing Estates in the Baltic Countries

The Legacy of Central Planning in Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania

Editors: Hess, Daniel Baldwin, Tammaru, Tiit (Eds.)

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  • Explores the differences in large housing estates in socialist and capitalist Europe
  • Quantifies historical and evolving socioeconomic integration and ethnic separation in housing estates
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  • Explores the uniqueness of housing estates in the Baltic countries—Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania
  • Outlines the future of housing estates
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This open access book focuses on the formation and later socio-spatial trajectories of large housing estates in the Baltic countries—Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania. It also explores claims that a distinctly “westward-looking orientation” in their design produced housing estates that were superior in design to those produced elsewhere in the Soviet Union (between 1944 and 1991, Estonia was a member republic of the USSR).  The first two parts of the book provide contextual material to help readers understand the vision behind housing estates in Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania. These sections present the background of housing estates in the Baltic Republics as well as challenges and debates concerning their formation, evolution, and present condition and importance. Subsequent parts of the book consist of:

  • demographic analyses of the socioeconomic characteristics and ethnicity of housing estate residents (past and present) in the three Baltic capital cities, 
  • case studies of people and places related to housing estates in the Baltic countries, and 
  • chapters exploring relevant special topics and themes.

This book will be of interest to students, scholars, and advocates interested in understanding the past, present, and future importance of housing estates in the Baltic countries.

About the authors

Daniel Baldwin Hess is a Professor and Chairperson of the Department of Urban and Regional Planning in the School of Architecture and Planning at the University at Buffalo, State University of New York. He is a former Visiting Scholar and Director of the Centre for Migration and Urban Studies at the University of Tartu, Estonia, where he was a Marie Skłodowska-Curie International Fellow funded by the European Commission. His research develops new pathways for understanding the complex socio-economic and ethnic landscapes of cities and related spatial inequalities. He is co-editor of the journal Town Planning Review (Liverpool University Press) and co-editor of the book Housing Estates in Europe: Poverty, Ethnic Segregation, and Policy Challenges (Springer Publishing 2018).

Tiit Tammaru is a Professor at the Centre for Migration and Studies at the University of Tartu, Estonia. Tammaru is also the Head of the Centre for Estonian Diaspora Studies and has received both the Estonian Science Award in the Social Sciences (2010) and the Natural Sciences Award (2011). His fields of interest include socio-spatial inequalities, geographical changes in urban regions, governing urban diversity, and social mobility.

Table of contents (17 chapters)

Table of contents (17 chapters)
  • Modernist Housing Estates in the Baltic Countries: Formation, Current Challenges and Future Prospects

    Pages 3-27

    Hess, Daniel Baldwin (et al.)

  • A Turbulent Political History and the Legacy of State Socialism in the Baltic Countries

    Pages 31-49

    Puur, Allan (et al.)

  • The Rise and Demise of the Soviet-Made Housing Shortage in the Baltic Countries

    Pages 51-70

    Gentile, Michael

  • The Exceptional Design of Large Housing Estates in the Baltic Countries

    Pages 71-93

    Drėmaitė, Marija

  • Baltic Crossings: Soviet Housing Estates and Dreams of Forest-Suburbs

    Pages 95-115

    Berger, Laura (et al.)

Buy this book

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  • ISBN 978-3-030-23392-1
  • This book is an open access book, you can download it for free on link.springer.com
Hardcover $59.99
price for USA in USD
  • ISBN 978-3-030-23391-4
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Housing Estates in the Baltic Countries
Book Subtitle
The Legacy of Central Planning in Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania
Editors
  • Daniel Baldwin Hess
  • Tiit Tammaru
Series Title
The Urban Book Series
Copyright
2019
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-23392-1
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-23392-1
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-23391-4
Series ISSN
2365-757X
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVIII, 383
Number of Illustrations
46 b/w illustrations, 74 illustrations in colour
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