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Title: Some Aspects of Housing and Urban Development in the U.S.S.R.
Author: Andrusz, G. D.
ISNI:       0000 0001 1675 2221
Awarding Body: University of Birmingham
Current Institution: University of Birmingham
Date of Award: 1978
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Chapter One provides a brief description of urban development and housing conditions in Russia before 1917 in order to depict the nature of the society which the Soviet government inherited. It also outlines the major early legislative resolutions adopted by the Soviets. The next three chapters examine the historical growth of each of the four main types of housing tenure whose individual fortunes have mirrored the social, political and economic convulsions accompanying the transformation of Soviet society. Chapter Two reviews the government's policy towards private housing. Chapter Three examines the history of the housing cooperative as a specific tenure-type. Chapter Four discusses the conflict between local Soviets (municipalised tenure) and enterprises ('nationalised' tenure) over the control of housing. Chapter Five is concerned with the reorganisation and industrialisation of the building industry. Chapter Six examines the broader spatial environment in which house-building has taken place: the first part of the chapter deals with developments in the 1920s and 'thirties and, the second part, with trends which have emerged most clearly over the last decade. Chapter Seven examines the extent of low-rise housing development, whilst Chapter Eight explores the government's concern over inefficient land-use and urban renewal. Partly as a consequence of low-rise, extensive urban growth, a major problem is the formation of agglomerations. Chapter Nine Qutl nes the theory of the optimum-sized city which acts 4s , a, yardstick against which the formation of agglomerations and the continuing growth of large cities can be contrasted. Chapter Ten looks at the alternative to further expansion of large cities and analyses reasons for this policy's lack of success, whilst Chapter Eleven offers some explanations for continued large city growth.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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