Towards the 'People's Home': First Housing Districts in Stockholm


  • Chiara Monteurmisi École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne



The label «People’s home» coined by Swedish Social-Democrats expresses the first step towards the 1930s, 40s and early 50s, which would make Sweden a model for war-ravaged Europe. But “people” and “home” attracted planners, architects, co-operatives and politicians well before. The aim of this article is to trace the origins of their social concerns in first initiatives of land policies and mass-housing by discussing spatial experiments with housing districts on Stockholm’s fringe in the 1910s and 20s.


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Author Biography

Chiara Monteurmisi, École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne

Chiara Monterumisi is an architect and Post Doc researcher at the École Polytecnique Fédérale de Lausanne (Switzerland). Her current research examines urban policies and housing complexes in Sweden during the interwar period. She completed the Ph.D. in Architecture (2015) at the Università di Bologna (Italy) with the thesis «Ragnar Östberg. Genius loci and urban memories. Stockholms Stadshus-Nämndhus and villa Geber». She was visiting researcher at Kungliga Tekniska Högskolan i Stockholm (Sweden). She took part in conferences in Sweden, Spain, United Kingdom and Italy.