Employee Colonies: Nomenclature, Typology and (Dis)continuity

The topic of this study is employee housing. The ambition of the study is to contribute to the nomenclature and typology of employee housing of the past as a topical issue of the present. Employee housing of the classical and socialist industrialisation era is most often associated with the phenomenon of workers’ colonies and settlements of model socialist cities. Although workers’ colonies are a product of industrialisation, they have their genetic antecedents in the manufactory era and also their successors in post-war construction. Therefore, the study focuses on the question of the (dis)continuity of workers’ housing with its chronological centre of gravity in the classical and socialist industrialisation eras of the 19th and 20th centuries.


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