Creation of an Ideal Housing Estate – the Finnish Garden City Tapiola

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The paper focuses on the garden city of Tapiola near Helsinki. Tapiola provides an interesting case through which this study aims to analyse the relationship between an existing piece of architecture and how the meanings associated with it have been produced. In order to do this, particular atten- tion is given to the concept of «ideal type» developed by Max Weber. The paper asserts that Tapiola has been given an exemplary role: to a certain extent it represents all Finnish housing complexes.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationLa città globale. La condizione urbana come fenomeno pervasivo / The Global City. The urban condition as a pervasive phenomenon
EditorsMarco Pretelli, Rosa Tamborrino, Ines Tolic
Place of PublicationTorino, Italy
PublisherAISU - International Associazione Italiana do Storia Urbana
Number of pages11
VolumeInsights 1
ISBN (Electronic)978-88-31277-01-3
Publication statusPublished - 2020
MoE publication typeA4 Article in a conference publication
EventCongresso AISU: The global city. The urban condition as a pervasive phenomenon - Università di Bologna, Dipartimento di Architettura, Bologna, Italy
Duration: 11 Sep 201914 Dec 2019
Conference number: 9


ConferenceCongresso AISU
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  • Garden city
  • Tapiola
  • Suburb


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