December 2017


«Architecton: proceedings of higher education» № 47 September 2014

Theory of architecture

Burtsev Alexander G.

Associate Professor
Chair of Theory of Architecture and Professional Communication,
Ural State University of Architecture and Arts,
Ekaterinburg, Russia, e-mail: alexander.g.burtsev@gmail.com  


The programmes of accessible housing construction adopted by the government of the Russian Federation are not giving tangible results. More than 40 % of the housing commissioned annually is built by private individuals. However, self-help house building and co-operative housing construction have so far been studied mainly with regard to their economic and legal aspects. In general, Russian researchers continue regarding these developments in the negative. The theoretical basis for research into the history of self-help building in the USSR and Russia has been obtained from English-language publications, which provide a more comprehensive view of this phenomenon. As a result of reviewing the terminology and definitions describing this architectural phenomenon and form of inexpensive housing provision, the author proposes to distinguish two aspects of such construction: "organised" and "spontaneous". A review of the most common conclusions drawn by international researchers has suggested further lines of research into this significant socio-cultural phenomenon. In the longer term, this will allow realistic programs of organised self-help low-rise housing construction to be developed in Russia.

Key words: low-rise housing, affordable housing


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