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STILLE STRASSE 10 + ASSEMBLE. Spector Books, Leipzig, 2016. Distributed in the U.S.A. by Ram Publications, Santa Monica. 104 pp. 27 x 20 cm. ISBN 9783959050517 In English.
Publisher's description: In 2012, when local government of the Pankow district in Berlin decided to sell its senior center, a group of pensioners formed a collective and occupied the property. After 112 days, the district relented and the self-organized Stille Strasse continues to run the house while struggling to avoid eviction. Wohnungsfrage teamed the senior collective with British architectural firm Assemble to discuss problems senior citizens face in today's rapidly gentrifying cities. This publication documents Assemble's conversation with Stille Strasse -- the limitations inherent in conventional senior housing exacerbated with escalating property values and public spending cuts; members' desire for autonomy and integration into their local community; access to both private and communal space; and Assemble's response: an apartment complex model offering communal, self-determined housing across age groups. Images from the protest, plans and drawings of the new center designed with Assemble, and other historical documents are interleaved with text in this important case study on alternatives to segregated senior housing.
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Plans: 73
Worldwide Number: 173008
Paperbound $23.00x (libraries receive a 10% discount on this title)    

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