AR-472 Lecture 4: Co-op mainstream, 1940–1975

4, AR-472 Swiss cooperative housing: a critical overview

The largest number of cooperative dwellings in Zurich was built in the 1940s and 1950s, during and after WW2. The lecture explores the ideological demise of the cooperative movement through an increasingly top-down administrative model and the multiplication of Fordist homes for nuclear families, with limited collective facilities. It looks at the beginning of post-1968 communitarian projects by Metron, Beate Schnitter, Rolf Keller outside cities, and at the densification of the 1940s estates in the 2010s and beyond.